Catholic Jewelry

Mother and son praying together. Holding rosary in hand

Jewelry has always been an important way for people to enhance their appearance and to symbolize what is important to them. The wedding ring is one of the most common and often most significant ways Americans show this. The ring symbolizes the bond between husband and wife, but it also shows the world these two people are set apart for each other. It is both a reminder to the couple and a message to the world.

Catholic jewelry can function the same way. Jewelry can be a constant reminder of faith, a physical way to remember the promises God has given us. It can also be a way to let the world know you are set apart for God. The Catholic Church even prescribes jewelry for a Bishop to wear as a symbol of his office, including a pectoral cross and a ring on the third finger of his right hand.

A Reminder of God’s Promises

The symbols on a piece of Catholic jewelry can be a simple reminder of the promises God gives us and the ways he delivers them to us. Jewelry has a unique role in this because it sits next to your skin. Every time you turn or move, your necklace bumps against your chest or your ring presses against your finger. In the same way, your Catholic bracelet is a physical reminder of God’s promises to you.

The crucifix is easily the most common symbol for Catholic jewelry, depicting the body of our Savior hanging on the cross. It reminds each of us about the glorious sacrifice that Jesus made when he died to save us. This simple image can remind us of that promise, whether we wear it on a necklace, ring or bracelet.

Here’s a short list of some of the beautiful images you can find on Catholic jewelry:

  • The Dove – The gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church
  • The Christ Anchor – Jesus is the solid anchor that keeps us stable in a stormy world
  • The Miraculous Medal – The work God accomplished through the Virgin Mary
  • Saints Images – The stories of the saints that remind us of God’s promises and their faithfulness to them
a gold chain with a crucifix

A Devotional Tool

Jewelry can also be a way to remind us to follow the Christian disciplines that help to form our faith. The rosary is the most common piece of Catholic jewelry, and it’s designed specifically for this purpose.

A full rosary is made of five sets of ten small beads, each preceded by a large bead and a space. Each bead is a physical reminder to pray a specific prayer, whether the Our Father, the Hail Mary or the Glory Be. For each decade, the person focuses on one of the mysteries, a scene from the life of Jesus Christ. You can find smaller versions of rosaries as bracelets or even rings, often with only a single decade.

A piece of jewelry can also be a way to remind yourself of a new discipline you are beginning. Just like tying strings around your finger, Catholic rings can be a way to remember your devotion.

Use it to remind you to keep a fast, pray at certain times, read God’s word or offer up a prayer for a specific person. Disciplines are an excellent way to practice faithfulness to God and to offer up your devotion to him.

Woman praying in the church. Believers meditates in the cathedral. Spiritual time of prayer

A Conversation Starter

Jewelry isn’t just for your beauty and edification. Every piece of jewelry is meant to be seen. We wear necklaces, bracelets, rings and more for others to see them just as much as we do for ourselves. Catholic jewelry can be a great way to start a conversation about the faith.

Many pieces of Catholic jewelry have one or more images of the saints. Fewer and fewer people know anything about the faith, and they may ask about those images. You can use them as starting points to tell the story of the saint and about the power of God working through that saint.

Talk about how St. Michael, the archangel, fought Satan and protects us. Recount the story of the virgin birth and the incarnation of Christ. Explain the imagery of the sacred heart and the love that Christ has for us that drove him to die on the cross for our salvation. Each of the many symbols of the church carries meaning, and it can be an easy way to start a conversation about God’s love for us.

Catholic jewelry is about more than decoration. While the images and craftsmanship are certainly beautiful, the jewelry is an outward symbol of inner devotion. Catholics can use their jewelry in many ways, as a symbol of God’s glorious promises to us, as a reminder of a discipline, as a devotional tool or as a conversation starter.

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Rosary rings are a great option for those who want to be able to pray the rosary when traveling or away from home. Because of their size, Rosary rings are ideal for those on the go.

Although technically a ring, and though some styles can be worn, a rosary ring is usually not meant to be worn continuously like a piece of jewelry. Instead, it is intended to be worn on either index finger when the user is ready to pray.

Rosary rings come in many styles – and because of their size – can easily be kept in a pocket, on a key ring, worn on a necklace or placed in a purse. You can easily keep them on your person, ready to be used whenever you want to pray.

Purpose of the Rosary

The purpose of the rosary is to help remember and observe certain Mysteries in the history of salvation. It is a type of mental prayer, made easier to remember through repetition. There are twenty Mysteries that the rosary was designed to help us reflect upon.

The Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday. The Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesday and Friday. The Glorious Mysteries are usually said on Wednesday and Sunday, and the Luminous Mysteries are recited on Thursday.

By design, the Rosary was meant to create a repetitious practice to harvest contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. Also, the Rosary can be said privately or with a group.

Often, people will pray the rosary with the assistance of rosary beads. Rosary beads come in a variety of sizes and designs, and they can be crafted of numerous materials.

However popular, Rosary beads are not the only option for praying the Rosary. Another popular choice for praying the Rosary is the convenient use of a rosary ring!

Catholic rosary ring

Types of Rosary Rings

Rosary rings come in numerous styles and sizes, meant to fit the needs of all individuals. Many choose a simple metal prayer ring. This Rosary prayer ring is very familiar to most. It can be used by anyone, and is usually rather inexpensive. Because of the metal, these are not usually worn on anyone’s fingers except when they pray.

If you would prefer or can afford something nicer, you may want to consider a higher-quality prayer ring. These Rosary rings are mostly made of gold or sterling silver. Unlike typical metal Rosary rings, these rings are created with a more slender design.

The 10 bumps are more discreet, but critically, still built into the ring. Because of the more streamlined design, these Rosary rings can be worn like regular jewelry rings and are intended for daily use.

Also, there are wooden rosary rings. Like metal rosary rings, wooden rosary rings are quite inexpensive. To some, they may offer a more traditional feel. However, the design and function are the same as their metal counterparts.

Rosary rings come in many designs and sizes. The bands can often be uniquely styled. The balls come in different sizes. Usually, rosary rings are topped by a crucifix shape, but not always.

To keep everyday wear convenient, higher-quality rosary rings usually do not have a protruding top, but rather a crucifix etched into the band. Since meant for use by all individuals, Rosary rings come in many sizes, including some designed specifically for men, women and children.

How to Pray the Rosary using a Rosary Ring

The Rosary ring is meant to be used just about anywhere, whenever someone wants to pray. The first step is to select a Rosary ring that appeals to you and that you are comfortable using.

You begin by wearing the Rosary ring on the index finger of your choosing. You count the beads using your thumb to turn the ring while it sits on your index finger.

Using the Rosary ring to pray the Rosary is simple. Kiss the crucifix and make the Sign of the Cross, touching your fingers to your forehead, then to the heart, then to the left shoulder and finally to the right shoulder.

Begin praying the initial prayers of the Rosary: The Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory Be.

Next, announce the appropriate Mystery on which you’re reflecting. Once completed, then recite the Our Father prayer, touching the crucifix. Follow this with 10 Hail Marys and count using the 10 beads of your rosary ring. Remember to let your thumb comfortably turn the ring.

This is called a decade, due to the fact that it contains 10 Hail Marys. However, a decade also includes the Our Father and, usually, a Glory Be to the Father.

Repeat until you have completed all your decades, and then pray your closing prayers.

Rosary ring in palm

Rosary Rings May Be a Great Choice for You

If you want to explore a new option when praying the Rosary, a rosary ring may be the perfect choice for you. Its small size makes it simple to carry everywhere. Whenever and wherever you need to pray, you can easily take your rosary ring with you.

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The traditional practices of the Catholic Church are varied. One of the most cherished is the praying of the rosary. This practice is a beloved tradition that goes back centuries.

When looking at the rosary from a historical perspective, it is difficult to discern the origins of the practice. Using “prayer beads” and the repeated reciting of prayers as a means of focusing meditation date back to the beginning days of the Church. In fact, the use of prayer beads can be dated to pre-Christian times. Continue reading Product Highlight: Finger Rosaries

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Is there anything more difficult that finding a gift for teens and pre-teens? However, if you know that someone you’re buying a gift for is involved in various athletic endeavors, things just got a bit easier for you. Here’s our guide to finding the best gifts for athletes. 

Finding something that they’ll both like and enjoy using can be tricky, especially if you’re not the athletic type yourself.  To make your gift buying all the easier, check out these great gift options that every athlete is sure to enjoy.

What’s Their Sport?

Finding the perfect gift for an athletic person is a lot easier if you focus on finding something that relates to their favorite athletic activities.  A good way to figure out what they’ll like AND use is simply talk to them about the athletic activities they participate in, and what happens to make them more difficult, annoying, or reduces their overall performance. 

Perhaps they have gear or equipment that isn’t up to par, or they’re missing something that would dramatically improve their performance, in which case you’ve got a clearer idea about what you can buy.

For example, my daughter loves to play basketball. I asked her what she’s best at – passing and ball handling. What does she want to work on? Defense. In that same conversation she mentioned specialized ankle bands that help train for defense. Bingo! I never would have thought of that on my own.

Great Packs

No matter what kind of athletic activity they’re into, they’re likely to have a decent amount of gear and/or equipment.  Backpacks and other bags are great gift ideas to help make transporting sports equipment a lot easier.  If you know that the bags they’re working with now are difficult to lug around, then you might look into something that will fit their back and shoulders better or that’s just a lot easier to transport. 

Material is also very important when it comes to packs and bags for athletic gear, as you want something that’s going to be durable but which will also breathe well, as this will help cut down on odor.  Nylon is a great fabric option, as it’s more resistant to tearing and staining, and will hold up well against moisture.

Clothing

Athletic clothes can get worn out pretty quick, especially if an athlete is particularly active.  With that in mind, workout and training clothing are great choices for athletic gifts because they’re pretty much always needed.  A useful approach would be to buy a few pieces that would be great in warm weather and a few that would be good in cold weather; that way, they’ve always got something that they can use no matter the time of year. 

Fabrics that will wick away moisture, stretch, and hold up to a lot of wear and tear will be ideal.  Also consider footwear, as this is one item of clothing in particular that can wear out pretty fast, especially if someone is into running or hiking.  Shoes that have good traction and that breathe well will certainly be welcome, especially if they’re also really easy to clean.

Electronics

Many people like to take on athletic activities while listening to music, so something like new ear buds, an iPod, or even a gift card they can use to purchase and download new music would be a great gift option. 

Accessories like fitness watches that record distance, how many steps you’ve taken, and the amount of calories burned are gift options that are both stylish and useful.  You may even consider giving a few fitness DVDs to help with fitness training and workouts, as staying in shape is important if you’re going to take part in different athletic activities.

For the Religious Athlete

If you know an athlete who’s also religious, then presenting them with religion-themed gifts can be very meaningful.  These gifts don’t have to be directly related to any kind of sport, either, so it makes gift buying a little more straightforward. 

You could present any number of religious gifts, such as cross pendants or religious medals to commemorate important athletic achievements, or to act as motivation during sporting events.  If they have a patron saint or a particular prayer or bible verse that has deep meaning for them, then you might consider purchasing something like a corresponding saint’s medal, a prayer card, or a motivational plaque. 

If they like to pray before an athletic event, then a small prayer book would be a thoughtful and useful gift, as it would be a convenient size to pack inside of a sports bag and still offer valuable spiritual service.

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Every once in awhile one of our customers will request engraving that hits me right in my heart. One in particular that I still tear up over when I think about it. 

It was for her granddaughter. She bought a St. Joan of Arc medal and on the back had engraved “You’re brave too. Love G-ma.”

Ugh. My eyes are doing it again. 

I love it when we get submissions like this. I wish I had the creativity to come up with these. But as I have learned, our customers are far better at this than we are.

So I’ve decided to get a few ideas from past submissions, and I’m hoping you can help us out. I’d like to create a free guide for our customers eventually.

Below is a starting list. What would you add?

Saint

Engraving

St. Joan of Arc

You're brave too

Maximilian Kolbe

There is hope

St. Anne or St. Joseph

You are mine

St. John of the Cross

Create!

St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Edith Stein

Always be learning

Padre Pio

Pray, hope & don't worry

Mother Teresa

Spread Love Everywhere

St. Catherine of Siena

Be who God meant you to be.

St. Catherine of Siena

Set the world on fire

St. Teresa of Avila

God alone suffices

St. Francis

Sow love

St. Ignatius de Loyola

Give. Don't count the cost

St. Clare of Assisi

Love God, serve God; everything is in that

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Why is it silver? Why did it look like iron? Who designed it?

It’s not iron (but they thought it was). It’s not gold (but it usually is).

The first time I laid eyes on Pope Francis’ pectoral cross, I remember thinking it was unlike anything else I had ever seen. When the first shipment of crosses arrived at our office, I noted a few different things… the detail, the signature on the back… and the hologram seal?

Turns out, the cross design is copyrighted and the seal makes sure my customers are getting the real deal. But there is so much more behind that story. Continue reading The Story Behind Pope Francis’ Pectoral Cross

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