St. Francis Rosary Bracelet, St. Francis of Assisi Chaplet Bracelet, Rosewood Prayer Beads, Niner Chaplet, Catholic Jewelry, Holy Card

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St. Francis Rosary Bracelet, St. Francis of Assisi Chaplet Bracelet, Rosewood Prayer Beads, Niner Chaplet, Catholic Jewelry, Holy Card

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rosewood beads, Italian holy medal, silver tone extender chain, silver plate lobster clasp, sterling silver round beads, TierraCast daisy spacers, pewter bead caps, sterling silver crimps and wire guards, 49 strand beading wire, TierraCast jump rings, Swarovski Metallic Sunshine crystal

This St. Francis of Assisi chaplet bracelet features rosewood prayer beads, malachite gemstone rounds, sparkly bicone crystals, an Italian-made holy medal dedicated to the saint, and an adjustable extender chain with triple beaded dangle. The wooden beads (around 8mm) are a sweet light shade of beige and have nice earthy grain. They are also very lightweight beads. The green malachite rounds (4mm) are good quality, genuine gemstones, not the fake form of malachite that is now so common. Each round is slightly different from others, this "one of a kind" aspect of malachite being one reason why it's among my favorite gemstones. Together, the wood and malachite suggest the natural world of trees and grasses, which St. Francis loved.

The sparkling bicone crystals are from Swarovski (made in Austria; 6mm, 4mm), their "official" color being "Crystal Metallic Sunshine." To my mind, they represent "Brother Sun," adding to the nature-inspired design of the chaplet. Also included in the design here are ornate pewter bead caps, which decorate each of the rosewood beads; TierraCast (made in the USA) jump rings and silver-on-pewter daisy spacers; and sterling silver rounds (2mm), crimps, and wire guards. The wire guards help to protect from abrasion the chaplet's high-quality 49-strand beading wire. Like the sterling finishing components (crimps and guards), the beading wire was made in the USA.

The St. Francis holy medal (base metal) was made in Italy, and presents the saint on the front and a floral motif, with the request "Pray for Us," on the back. It is attached to the chaplet near the extender chain, which is silver tone and an inch long. The basic bracelet itself is around 7 1/8 inches long, so the chain gives the bracelet an 8 1/8 inch capacity. My current wrist size is 6 3/4 inches, and this piece fits me comfortably. A measurement photo is supplied with this listing, and shows a ruler sizing of the chaplet bracelet and the extender chain. If you have any questions about your wrist size and this bracelet, please feel free to contact me and I will help you as best as I can. :)

There are nine main prayer beads to this chaplet bracelet, making it a Catholic "niner." (See below for more information about niner chaplets.) The prayer beads are set off in trios, with each trio composed of three bead-capped wooden beads separated by malachite rounds. A large crystal (6mm), flanked by a split pair of small sterling rounds, marks the space between each trio. The chapet is finished off on either side with a small crystal (4mm), a twist crimp between a pair of daisy spacers, and a wire guard. On one end, the extender chain is attached with an oval jump ring; on the other, and also attached by a jump ring, is the bracelet clasp—a silver-plated lobster clasp in medium size (12mm, made in USA).

At the very end of the extender chain is a symbolic dangle that represents the Holy Trinity with three beads: a rosewood round, a malachite round, and a small Metallic Sunshine bicone crystal.

Here is some more important information about this special chaplet bracelet:

I purchased the Italian-made medal at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Massachusetts. The shrine is a peaceful, meditative place - and very special!

This item comes with a beautiful laminated holy card of St. Francis, which I also purchased at La Salette and which is also Italian made. Its charming front image shows the saint preaching to a congregation of little birds, a motif taken from a story in "The Little Flowers of St. Francis" (see "About St. Francis of Assisi" below). On the back is the well-known "Prayer of St. Francis," which begins "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace." The holy card is a complimentary extra in honor of this beloved saint. I've included a picture of this card in my photos.

This nature-inspired St. Francis chaplet bracelet was handmade by me with care, thought, and best wishes for its destined wearer. It comes in a nice organza bag, all wrapped for giving to someone who is a devotee or an admirer of this highly popular Catholic saint, or who simply appreciates and find meaning in spiritual religious jewelry. Perhaps that someone will be you!

To see more handmade chaplet bracelets, please see this section of my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyGonzo?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=19527694

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About Nine-Bead Chaplets
A nine-bead chaplet (often called a "niner") facilitates a simple and easily remembered form of spiritual devotion. Its conventional prayer pattern is three recitations of each of the following prayers: "Our Father," "Hail Mary," and "Glory Be." The trios of each prayer correspond to the trios of the prayer beads.

Having a chaplet as a bracelet is nice because it easily goes with you, right on your wrist, and can act as reminder of spiritual practice as well as a helper with that practice. It can be used for any form of good intention - such as offering thanksgiving, reflecting on penance, or petitioning divine assistance for oneself or others - or simply as a "time out" of life's busy flow to engage in personal meditation.

About St. Francis of Assisi
One of the most beloved of saints, St. Francis was born into the prosperous household of an Italian linen merchant in late 12th-century Assisi. His own good fortune contrasted greatly with the lives of the poor, a reality that impressed him when, as a youth, he was confronted by a beggar while selling cloth in the marketplace for his father. Although he acted charitably toward the beggar (to the ire of his father), his conversion to a more spiritual life came later, in his mid twenties, after he had gained military experience (even enduring a year as a prisoner of war), had suffered through a serious illness, and, on the way to a new military expedition, had been halted by a divine revelation that turned him back to Assisi and initiated a more reclusive, meditative life.

After a pilgrimage to Rome and a further visionary experience, Francis gravitated toward a life of poverty. He tended to lepers, worked on rebuilding a ruined church, renounced his birthright, and then, inspired by a sermon on imitating the life of Jesus, fully entered the way of poverty as a penitent. This new life included freely preaching repentence, yet despite the dire message, Francis and those who became his followers were noted for their love of song and uplifting manner. In time, Francis managed to found the Franciscan order of friars, and later founded two more orders, including one for women inspired by Clare of Assisi. He also made several attempts at missionary work outside Italy, some of which were hampered by insurmountable obstacles. One exception was his attempt to see the Sultan in Egypt, a meeting that likely took place during a pause in a battle between the Crusaders and the Saracens. Later in his life, two years before his death, Francis became the first known figure to receive the stigmata. He was declared a saint two years after his passing.

St. Francis is one of those rare religious figures who appeal to people on a secular level as well as a religious one. Of the many stories about him recorded after his death in "The LIttle Flowers," the most charming center on his embrace of nature as indicative of divine love and detail his humble, compassionate approach to animals. He saw "lowly creatures" as his brothers and sisters, and would preach to them as readily as to any human being. He would make peace between a frightful wolf and the town it threatened, but not before gently reprimanding the wolf, and not without getting the townspeople's promise to feed the wolf every day. In these stories, the figure of St. Francis suggests it is a primary duty of humans to value nature and to care for it as a dear part of their family. He also wrote various prayers and canticles, but of the latter, only his "Canticle to the Sun" survived him. Still, this song of praise is widely known, with its gratitude for the four elements and the sun, moon, and stars - brothers and sisters all.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this special saint. There is a great deal more to his life than I have mentioned here, but I hope this short piece has nonetheless been helpful. :)
This St. Francis of Assisi chaplet bracelet features rosewood prayer beads, malachite gemstone rounds, sparkly bicone crystals, an Italian-made holy medal dedicated to the saint, and an adjustable extender chain with triple beaded dangle. The wooden beads (around 8mm) are a sweet light shade of beige and have nice earthy grain. They are also very lightweight beads. The green malachite rounds (4mm) are good quality, genuine gemstones, not the fake form of malachite that is now so common. Each round is slightly different from others, this "one of a kind" aspect of malachite being one reason why it's among my favorite gemstones. Together, the wood and malachite suggest the natural world of trees and grasses, which St. Francis loved.

The sparkling bicone crystals are from Swarovski (made in Austria; 6mm, 4mm), their "official" color being "Crystal Metallic Sunshine." To my mind, they represent "Brother Sun," adding to the nature-inspired design of the chaplet. Also included in the design here are ornate pewter bead caps, which decorate each of the rosewood beads; TierraCast (made in the USA) jump rings and silver-on-pewter daisy spacers; and sterling silver rounds (2mm), crimps, and wire guards. The wire guards help to protect from abrasion the chaplet's high-quality 49-strand beading wire. Like the sterling finishing components (crimps and guards), the beading wire was made in the USA.

The St. Francis holy medal (base metal) was made in Italy, and presents the saint on the front and a floral motif, with the request "Pray for Us," on the back. It is attached to the chaplet near the extender chain, which is silver tone and an inch long. The basic bracelet itself is around 7 1/8 inches long, so the chain gives the bracelet an 8 1/8 inch capacity. My current wrist size is 6 3/4 inches, and this piece fits me comfortably. A measurement photo is supplied with this listing, and shows a ruler sizing of the chaplet bracelet and the extender chain. If you have any questions about your wrist size and this bracelet, please feel free to contact me and I will help you as best as I can. :)

There are nine main prayer beads to this chaplet bracelet, making it a Catholic "niner." (See below for more information about niner chaplets.) The prayer beads are set off in trios, with each trio composed of three bead-capped wooden beads separated by malachite rounds. A large crystal (6mm), flanked by a split pair of small sterling rounds, marks the space between each trio. The chapet is finished off on either side with a small crystal (4mm), a twist crimp between a pair of daisy spacers, and a wire guard. On one end, the extender chain is attached with an oval jump ring; on the other, and also attached by a jump ring, is the bracelet clasp—a silver-plated lobster clasp in medium size (12mm, made in USA).

At the very end of the extender chain is a symbolic dangle that represents the Holy Trinity with three beads: a rosewood round, a malachite round, and a small Metallic Sunshine bicone crystal.

Here is some more important information about this special chaplet bracelet:

I purchased the Italian-made medal at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Massachusetts. The shrine is a peaceful, meditative place - and very special!

This item comes with a beautiful laminated holy card of St. Francis, which I also purchased at La Salette and which is also Italian made. Its charming front image shows the saint preaching to a congregation of little birds, a motif taken from a story in "The Little Flowers of St. Francis" (see "About St. Francis of Assisi" below). On the back is the well-known "Prayer of St. Francis," which begins "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace." The holy card is a complimentary extra in honor of this beloved saint. I've included a picture of this card in my photos.

This nature-inspired St. Francis chaplet bracelet was handmade by me with care, thought, and best wishes for its destined wearer. It comes in a nice organza bag, all wrapped for giving to someone who is a devotee or an admirer of this highly popular Catholic saint, or who simply appreciates and find meaning in spiritual religious jewelry. Perhaps that someone will be you!

To see more handmade chaplet bracelets, please see this section of my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyGonzo?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=19527694

To see more PrettyGonzo jewelry, please visit my Etsy shop! Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyGonzo?ref=profile_shopname


About Nine-Bead Chaplets
A nine-bead chaplet (often called a "niner") facilitates a simple and easily remembered form of spiritual devotion. Its conventional prayer pattern is three recitations of each of the following prayers: "Our Father," "Hail Mary," and "Glory Be." The trios of each prayer correspond to the trios of the prayer beads.

Having a chaplet as a bracelet is nice because it easily goes with you, right on your wrist, and can act as reminder of spiritual practice as well as a helper with that practice. It can be used for any form of good intention - such as offering thanksgiving, reflecting on penance, or petitioning divine assistance for oneself or others - or simply as a "time out" of life's busy flow to engage in personal meditation.

About St. Francis of Assisi
One of the most beloved of saints, St. Francis was born into the prosperous household of an Italian linen merchant in late 12th-century Assisi. His own good fortune contrasted greatly with the lives of the poor, a reality that impressed him when, as a youth, he was confronted by a beggar while selling cloth in the marketplace for his father. Although he acted charitably toward the beggar (to the ire of his father), his conversion to a more spiritual life came later, in his mid twenties, after he had gained military experience (even enduring a year as a prisoner of war), had suffered through a serious illness, and, on the way to a new military expedition, had been halted by a divine revelation that turned him back to Assisi and initiated a more reclusive, meditative life.

After a pilgrimage to Rome and a further visionary experience, Francis gravitated toward a life of poverty. He tended to lepers, worked on rebuilding a ruined church, renounced his birthright, and then, inspired by a sermon on imitating the life of Jesus, fully entered the way of poverty as a penitent. This new life included freely preaching repentence, yet despite the dire message, Francis and those who became his followers were noted for their love of song and uplifting manner. In time, Francis managed to found the Franciscan order of friars, and later founded two more orders, including one for women inspired by Clare of Assisi. He also made several attempts at missionary work outside Italy, some of which were hampered by insurmountable obstacles. One exception was his attempt to see the Sultan in Egypt, a meeting that likely took place during a pause in a battle between the Crusaders and the Saracens. Later in his life, two years before his death, Francis became the first known figure to receive the stigmata. He was declared a saint two years after his passing.

St. Francis is one of those rare religious figures who appeal to people on a secular level as well as a religious one. Of the many stories about him recorded after his death in "The LIttle Flowers," the most charming center on his embrace of nature as indicative of divine love and detail his humble, compassionate approach to animals. He saw "lowly creatures" as his brothers and sisters, and would preach to them as readily as to any human being. He would make peace between a frightful wolf and the town it threatened, but not before gently reprimanding the wolf, and not without getting the townspeople's promise to feed the wolf every day. In these stories, the figure of St. Francis suggests it is a primary duty of humans to value nature and to care for it as a dear part of their family. He also wrote various prayers and canticles, but of the latter, only his "Canticle to the Sun" survived him. Still, this song of praise is widely known, with its gratitude for the four elements and the sun, moon, and stars - brothers and sisters all.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this special saint. There is a great deal more to his life than I have mentioned here, but I hope this short piece has nonetheless been helpful. :)

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