The precious metals used in rosary beads
Precious metals have a long and fascinating history. Each of the precious metals has it’s own qualities and it’s own legends. When choosing the right metals for your rosary beads you simply choose the metal that best suits your personality. Here are a few examples of the precious metals used in rosary beads:
- Gold: Gold has had a greater impact on mankind than any other substance on earth. It was the search for gold that fueled early exploration and discovery, and gold was the reason behind some of the largest mass migrations in history. Gold is also the first atomic element mentioned in the Bible: Genesis 2:10-12. Because of it’s impact on mankind gold has become a symbol of progress. Gold prayer beads are perfect for those who consider their selves to be forward thinkers.
- Platinum: Platinum is one of the rarest and most valuable metals on earth. Platinum is so rare, in fact, that all of the platinum ever mined would not fill up the average living room. Platinum is also a very durable metal. So durable that when King Louis XVI ordered Mark Etienne Janity to create an international weight standard, Janity used platinum so as to make sure the standard was never corrupted. Because of it’s durability platinum has come to symbolize steadfastness and stability. Platinum rosary beads are great for the person who seeks stability in their life.
- Silver: The history of silver dates back more than five thousand years, to ancient Samaria and Chaldea. For most of history silver was considered nearly as valuable as gold. In fact, most ancient coinage was made of silver, rather than gold. It was not until the discovery of the Americas, and the large silver deposits found there, that silver began to depreciate in value. Silver has always bean linked to the feminine and the passive, and is symbolic of the moon. Silver has been used in rosary beads for hundreds of years because it is believed to be a good conductor of the soul.
Gold, platinum, silver; these metals are all beautiful and well suited for rosary beads. It is up to you to choose the one that best represents you as an individual.
The gemstones used in rosary beads
Gemstone history is rich in legend and lore. Since the dawn of time gemstones have been revered for their beauty and mythical powers. The use of gemstones in Christianity is believed to date bake to a garment worn by the High Priest Aaron. Aaron was instructed to make a breastplate of linen, gold, and twelve gemstones. Each gemstone was to represent one of the twelve tribes, one of the signs of the zodiac, and also one of the months of the year. Today gemstones are widely used in rosary beads. Finding the right gemstone for your rosary is as easy as looking in the mirror; you simply choose the gemstone that best represents you. Here is a rundown of the history and lore of gemstones to help you decide:
- Amethyst: Ancients believed amethyst would protect them from drunkenness. In fact its name is taken from the Greek “A-methystos”, meaning, “not drunken”. Legend has it that Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, grew angry with mortals, and vowed that the next mortal to cross his path would be eaten by tigers. Just then a young maiden named Amethyst was on her way to worship the Goddess Diana. Diana, Knowing of Bacchus’ plan turned Amethyst into a statue of colorless quartz to save her from the tiger’s teeth. Bacchus, seeing this repented and cried tears of wine over the young Amethyst, staining her purple. Amethyst is the birthstone of February, the zodiac stone for Pisces, and was one of the gems used in the breastplate of Aaron. Amethyst rosary beads represent high thought, and are perfect for those who feel specially connected to their spirituality.
- Moonstone: Moonstones are said to bring balance to life, and to calm emotion and fear. Many cultures throughout history have regarded moonstones as sacred, because their iridescent luster is reminiscent of the moon. Moonstones are especially connected to the water signs of the zodiac, and are believed to bring good luck. Moonstone rosary beads are perfect for those who seek balance in their lives.
- Lapis Lazuli: Lapis lazuli is a beautiful deep blue stone with hints of violet. The ancient Egyptians prized lapis lazuli for it’s beauty and workability, and often used it to carve vases and figurines. Lapis lazuli has always been believed to have healing powers, and is still believed to expand the mind, and be very conductive to creativity. Lapis lazuli is the traditional birthstone for December’ and is the zodiac stone for Libra. Lapis Lazuli rosary beads are best suited for the creative and open-minded person.
- Jade: Jade is a stunning gemstone usually of a deep green color, although it is sometimes found in other colors, such as yellow, pink, purple, and black. Ancient eastern cultures believed that jade could increase body strength and add longevity. Jade has long been a symbol of love and virtue, and is the birthstone of March, as well as the zodiac stone for Virgo. Jade rosary beads are perfect for the virtuous and pure of heart.
- Onyx: Onyx is the birthstone for August, and the zodiac stone for Leo. In Greek mythology onyx was created when one day while Venus was sleeping Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone, which later became known as onyx. Onyx is thought to bring happiness, as well as help to break bad habits. Onyx rosary beads are well suited for the strong willed.
These are just a few of the gemstones used in rosary beads. There are literally hundreds of different gemstones, representing hundreds of different personality types. Whether you are creative, strong willed, virtuous, or any other personality type you can think of, there are rosary beads out there that perfectly represent you as an individual. Here is a good page to view rosary beads.
Where is the best place to purchase rosary beads
To get an idea of the different styles and prices that are available in rosary beads it is more convenient to view them online before shopping around at local jewelry or religious stores.
Retail jewelers and religious outlets will sometimes carry a small selection of rosary beads, but you are most apt to find a greater selection online. Just type “rosary beads” into an Internet search engine like Google or Yahoo and you will find several reliable websites that specialize in rosary beads.
The cost of rosary beads is dependent upon many variables, such as the type and size of gemstone or precious metal used. On average rosary beads should cost about $60 to $300, but can get far more expensive.