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Announcement   Handmade Rosaries. Uniquely Yours. Intricate Designs.
20% Discount - Coupon Code OCT201220

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Handmade Rosaries. Uniquely Yours. Intricate Designs.
20% Discount - Coupon Code OCT201220

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Portrait of a Rosary Maker

My story begins with my husband. It started 5 years ago, when I was looking for the perfect Christmas gift for him. Something meaningful? Practical? Useful perhaps? Well, one thing I truly love about him is that he prays the rosary every day. This habit was nurtured and inspired by his mother since he was a teenager. So I thought a rosary would make a great gift. Looking high and low, there was not a suitable one in sight, until I stumbled across a handmade rosary website. The rosaries were so beautiful that something tugged my heartstrings. To import these rosaries from overseas were absolutely expensive. That was when I explored the idea to make them myself.

A Family of Jewellers

Maybe it is because I come from a family of jewellers that allowed me to entertain such thoughts. During my primary school years, my dad used to make gold chain and rings before he became a rubbish collector, recycling e-wastes. I remember how the flame of the fire melted the ‘old’ gold into liquid which was then poured into a mold that shaped like inch-thick ice-cream sticks. Next, the gold ‘bar’ was stretched through a giant pasta machine, over and over again until it becomes wire-thin or to its desired size. Then, the wire was cut to make chain links and flat wires were used to shape rings. My uncle, who used to work for my dad, used machines to carve out the most intricate designs on the rings. My mom herself manages a 50 year-old goldsmith and jewellery business, passed down from her parents. So it was not too difficult sourcing the supplies. The most challenging part was taking up the art of rosary-making which took little more will and courage to learn. In the end, I spent a small fortune that Christmas making the entire family a set of rosaries each.
The day I discovered that my rosary could sell was when my mother, a true saleswoman at heart, secretly sold two sets of rosaries I made to her church friend. I did not know whether to be amuse or upset but I was certainly amazed that anyone would want to buy.

Power of Praying the Rosary

There have been countless of times we experienced the power of praying the rosary. Personally, one of the earliest recollections I had with praying the rosary was during the initial years in college. I remember vividly sitting at the table, in a little room I rented, praying my rose-perfumed rosary which I bought during World Youth Day 2000 in Rome. It was then I first seriously prayed for my future husband and children. When Andrew, my husband came into my life, it was certainly of no coincidence.
During the first two years of my marriage, I experienced multiple miscarriages. My husband including both my mothers (in-law) was my intercessors and soon after Sara, the eldest daughter was born, followed by Baby Emma.
We praise God for the abundant blessings bestowed in our lives and we thank the intercessions of our Dearest Mother.

Coming Full Circle

It is funny that I stumbled into this craft since I never thought myself as an artsy fartsy type, much less with any creative bone. But yet, the rosary making represents my past, present and may be even my future. It symbolises the summation and expression of my life.
That was 5 years ago and here I am today. On hindsight, we really do reach full circle. And it is those people in your live that spurs you on to discover what you are capable of, what you are worth, what you can be.

More Than Just a Rosary

Introverted as I am, there has always been an implicit desire in me to leave an imprint, a legacy, a mark in this world. Maybe rosary-making will take me on that journey for now.
The rosary becomes more than what you have created it to be. It moves on to inspire others to pray. It becomes part of another person’s life, creating more stories and memories. And one day when you are no longer in this world, it may still go on, passed down through generations.

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  • Valarie

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Hello, I am married to a wonderful husband who tells me he loves me everyday. Blessed with two little gorgeous girls, Sara aged three and Emma who is turning one in July 2012. We lived happily in a little house somewhere in PJ, Malaysia.

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