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This classic vintage Forstners Sterling bracelet contains medals of saints who were martyrs (persons who died for their Catholic faith) and a beautiful vintage cruciform “4 way” cross. It features a vintage, signed Forstners Sterling silver charm bracelet and 5 all Sterling Silver vintage quality religious holy medals –including medals by Roman, ANTAYA and CREED – all very well known manufacturers of fine religious jewelry.

About the Bracelet

Forstner Sterling bracelets are well-known for their quality and craftsmanship. Along with JB Sterling, American Sterling and ELCO Sterling, they represent the gold standards of vintage charm bracelets! The beautiful bracelet is marked Forstners Sterling on the back of the clasp. The bracelet features a heart shaped clasp which is in good working order and is supplemented by a safety chain. The bracelet is made of shiny, sturdy double link construction and is in very good vintage condition. The bracelet is 7 3/4” long (7 1/2” wearable length), 3/8" wide and is meant for average sized wrists. It weighs 36 grams and is a good-sized bracelet that could easily hold more medals if desired.

The medals were attached to the bracelet with new, 6mm sterling silver split rings. They range in size from 3/4” to 1 1/8” long and 3/4” to 1” wide. The medals make a lovely sound when worn.

St. Lawrence ~ the poor and ill, against fire, for cooks

St. Peter ~ longevity (long life)

4 Way Cruciform ~ Jesus, Mary, Joseph, St. Christopher

St. Joan of Arc ~ Martyrs, Prisoners, Soldiers

St. Christina ~ Mariners, Archers

~St. Lawrence, round, vintage,marked ANTAYA STERLING on back. 3/4”diameter. In very good to excellent vintage condition. Third century archdeacon of Rome, distributor of alms, and “keeper of the treasures of the church” in a time when Christianity was outlawed. On 6 August 258, by decree of Emperor Valerian, Pope Saint Sixtus II and six deacons were beheaded, leaving Lawrence as the ranking Church official in Rome.

While in prison awaiting execution Sixtus reassured Lawrence that he was not being left behind; they would be reunited in four days. Lawrence saw this time as an opportunity to disperse the material wealth of the church before the Roman authorities could lay their hands on it. On 10 August, Lawrence was commanded to appear for his execution, and to bring along the treasure with which he had been entrusted by the pope. When he arrived, the archdeacon was accompanied by a multitude of Rome’s crippled, blind, sick, and indigent. He announced that these were the true treasures of the Church

Lawrence’s care for the poor, ill and neglected have led to his patronage of them. His work to save the material wealth of the Church, including its documents, brought librarians and those in related fields to see him as a patron, and to ask for his intercession. And his incredible strength and courage when being grilled to death led to his patronage of cooks and those who work in or supply things to the kitchen. The meteor shower that follows the passage of the Swift-Tuttle comet was known in the middle ages as the “burning tears of St. Lawrence” because they appeared at the same time as Lawrence’s feast.

~St. Peter, round, vintage, marked ROMAN STERLING on back. 13/16”diameter. In very good to excellent vintage condition. Moving 3D image of St. Peter holding keys in his hands. Jesus renamed him "Peter" (rock) to indicate that Peter would be the rock-like foundation on which the Church would be built. St. Peter is shown with keys because he was told by Jesus: "To you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in heaven."

It is certain that Peter died in Rome and that his martyrdom came during the reign of Emperor Nero, probably in 64. Testimony of his martyrdom is extensive, saying that Peter was crucified on the Vatican Hill upside down because he declared himself unworthy to die in the same manner as the Lord. He was then buried on Vatican Hill, and excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica have unearthed his probable tomb, and his relics are now enshrined under the high altar of St. Peter’s. From the earliest days of the Church, Peter was recognized as the Prince of the Apostles and the first Supreme Pontiff.

~Cruciform, cross-shaped, vintage, marked STERLING. 1 1/8” long. On front, a heart which forms the center and radiates out to the images of St. Joseph, St. Christopher, the Miraculous Medal and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On back the images of the Our Lady of Fatima, St. Anthony, the Little Infant of Prague and the back of the Miraculous Medal.” In good vintage condition.

~St. Joan of Arc, round, vintage,silver hallmarked on back. 3/4”diameter. In very good to excellent vintage condition. One of five children born to Jacques d’Arc and Isabelle Romee. From age 13 she received visions from St. Margaret of Antioch, St. Catherine of Alexandria and Michael the Archangel.

In the early 15th century, England, in alliance with Burgundy, controlled most of what is modern France. In May 1428 Joan’s visions told her to find the true king of France and help him reclaim his throne. She resisted for more than three years, but finally went to Charles VII in Chinon and told him of her visions. Carrying a banner that read “Jesus, Mary”, she led troops from one battle to another. She was severely wounded, but her victories brought Charles VII to the throne. Captured by the Burgundians during the defense of Compiegne, she was sold to the English for 10 thousand francs. She was put on trial by an ecclesiastical court conducted by Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, a supporter of England, and was executed as a heretic. In 1456 her case was re-tried, and Joan was acquitted (23 years too late).

“About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.” – St. Joan of Arc, as recorded at her trial.
~St. Christina, round, vintage,marked CREED STERLING on back. 3/4”diameter. In very good to excellent vintage condition. Born in the 3rd century in Rome to a wealthy pagan family and converted as a youth, St. Christina destroyed all the idols in her father's house; those of gold and silver she broke up and gave to the poor. St. Christina was martyred for her new faith -- her father tied a rock around her neck, and threw her into Lake Bolsena;when she miraculously survived, her tongue was cut out, and she was thrown into a furnace;when she survived, she was shot full of arrows on the order of a magistrate persecuting Christians by order of Diocletian.

About My Bracelets

I thoroughly enjoy collecting vintage religious holy medals and using them in my handcrafted bracelets, chaplets and rosaries, restoring them to their original purpose of prayer and devotion. I only use quality pieces and go to great lengths to find the perfect combination of materials. In most cases, I clean the medals but strive to preserve the warm patina that can only be acquired through age. Most are in very good condition, however, being vintage items, some show signs of use and wear ~ which I believe only adds to their beauty!

Martyrs and Saints...Vintage Forstner Sterling Catholic Holy Medals Bracelet

Overview

  • Materials: sterling silver, vintage holy medals
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  • Only ships to United States from Pennsylvania, United States.
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