Carved lava rosaries are quite rare, as are most gemstone rosaries. Because of their weight, few rocks other than minerals are used as beads. Lava is an exception.
Igneous rock from the core of the earth, when forced to the surface in molten form, sometimes forms lava. Lava is a unique, light rock which has been fashioned into jewelry from antiquity and has recently been "rediscovered" as a design element in fine jewelry.
The lava beads of this vintage rosary measure approximately 6mm. The metal in this rosary is sterling. The crucifix is quite striking with matte finish, and mirror finish along the sides. The central medal depicts Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, and the Sacred Heart. A unique gift, and inspiration treasure from yesterday, for the clergy or religious.
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