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A beautifully detailed, carved cinnabar heart crowned with a Swarovski crystal in black diamond hangs from fragments of a vintage rosary. The wooden beads of this early 20th century rosary have taken on a smooth warmth from age and use. Some of the beads are cracked or have tiny holes which adds to their fascinating presence. The connector is simple stamped metal, J H S on one side and an elaborately scrolled M on the other. These are visible but obscured by slight rust and an almost black patina. While this patina is due to the age of this piece, I have chosen findings in a similar black patina so that they blend completely, unifying the piece. In the last photo Sarah is wearing a similar piece. Though this particular necklace has some variations, I've included this last photo so you can see the scale of the heart on a person and how it will hang.

While making this, I had the P. J. Harvey song "My Black Hearted Love" going through my head-- the stormy tryst described that song. It is the perfect necklace to wear to while surrendering to dark wiles!

Necklace measures 17" long and closes with a blackened pewter toggle clasp.

I have a similar full length rosary necklace with cinnabar heart also available in my shop-- http://www.etsy.com/listing/82734968/vintage-black-rosary-necklace-and-carved

Your black heart will come wrapped up in a little gift bag. (A lovely customer has told me she reuses the gift bags, filling them with lavender and herbs and using them as drawer sachets to keep the moths away!)

All handmades are created one at a time in my little Victorian home in a cobblestone street in the shadow of the medieval walls of the city of York.

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This item ships from the UK. If you live outside of Europe your purchase will be shipped via Royal Mail Air Mail and will reach you in 10 days to 4 weeks (in rare cases). If you would like the item tracked internationally, that service is 10 pounds. Tracked, expedited 3-day shipping is available for 51.00 pounds. If you would like either of these shipping upgrades, contact me before purchase and I will put up a special listing for you.

Black Rosary Necklace and Carved Cinnabar Heart. Black Cinnabar Heart with Antique Rosary Beads. Gothic Necklace.


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cinnabar, pewter, vintage rosary, czech glass
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 1374 reviews
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