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The focal of this rosary necklace is an antique french sacred heart reliquary that has a lovely history. This ex voto comes from a religious event that took place in Boulogne sur Mer, France. Occurring on July 21, 22, 23, and 24th in 1938, approximately 200,000 people attended what is known as the Marian Congress. This event was 'La prière a la très sainte Vierge Marie, Reine de france'...a prayer and celebration of the very holy Virgin Mary, Queen of france.

These lovely golden hearts were hung on the Basilica and fishing nets across the city to commemorate this event. A document came with the heart, which is partially shown in the first photo. In french, it speaks to the focus of the event and also has a blank page that is titled 'Intentions Particulieres'. Here the participant would note thier specific intentions for themselves, or their prayers. This was put inside the heart as a way to focus intent. This original document is a part of this ex voto necklace.

I have adorned the heart with wonderful old large mother of pearl beads, french rhinestone rondelles and brass rose beads. I have also added a unique connector that is baroque in style. It is old brass filigree that is embellished with petite prong set rhinestones and pearls. While there is wear to the finish of the pearls, I don't think this would ever be noticed due to its extraordinary style. It is truly befitting as the 'flame' for this golden heart. The tiny rhinestones are like pinpoints of light that move with the piece.

Sacred, extraordinary ornament...a romantic collectible and treasure...

Neck size is set at 20 inches, with a 4 inch extension that is finished with a lovely chandelier crystal.

This piece looks best worn long with the heart resting right below the breasts. Also looks great layered, as shown in the last pic. The shorter reliquary necklace is also available in my store.

NOTE: This heart may be worn either side out. The first two pictures show both sides. Please let me know which side you prefer to show.

Antique French Congres Marial Sacred Heart Ex Voto Necklace, Our Lady of Boulogne, by RusticGypsyCreations


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: french relic, french ex voto, congres medal, antique french reliquary, mother of pearl, rhinestone rondelles, vintage glass pearls, brass rose beads, baroque connector
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