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ceramic tile image pendant St. Philomena

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St.Philomena..daughter of light.

An approx. 1.5"(30mm) pendant with a vintage glass millefiori bead and 22" brass chain with vintage clasp. Brass setting (made in USA).

The name Philomena (fee-lo-MAY-nah) is of Latin origin. Filumena was the name encountered on the original tiles found in her tomb in the Catacombs of Priscilla on the Via Salaria Nova, Rome. Filia is Latin for daughter, lumena is Latin for light.

Saint Philomena is said to have been a young Greek princess martyred in the 4th century. Two anchors,three arrows, a palm and an ivy leaf on the tiles in her tomb.. and as can be seen in this tile pendant, symbolize the tools of her martyrdom.

Original photo of this ceramic saint tile taken by me 'in situ' (found on an old azorean farmstead's lava rock wall), digitally improved, sealed and set under a clear glass dome.

This pendant is part of a collection of MiddleEarth's image pendants. I am bewitched by the magical details from my middleearth surroundings, the Azore Islands, where I live and create MiddleEarth's Jewels. Be it the lush green forests and pastures, the crumbling lava stone walls, or the moss covered stonework.

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ceramic tile image pendant St. Philomena


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: brass setting, photo image, brass chain, vintage findings, glass cab
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Portugal
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