Now is the Perfect Time to Create Your Own Custom Rosary!!!


What makes a custom rosary special is the fact that YOU choose the design. It is a true gift from the heart, for yourself, a friend, or a special loved one. 

For those who know exactly what they want, simply add all of your choices to the shopping cart and complete the transaction as you normally would. Once the order is received I will send you a picture (via E-mail) of your choices together so that we can make sure everything looks the way you want it to. Then, once the rosary is completed, I'll send another picture for final approval before shipping.  Please allow a few extra days or so for completion of your rosary and remember that prices shown do not include things like sales tax, shipping, or insurance charges.

For those who would like to customize a car or other single decade rosary please remember the size of the bead will alter the length of the rosary.  For example a car rosary made using 6mm beads will be shorter than one made from 8mm beads.  The size of the center and crucifix can sometimes also affect length, so if you need a shorter rosary for your rear view mirror, using smaller parts and beads is the best way to go. 

For those feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole process or who are having a difficult time narrowing down their many choices please don't hesitate to send me an email. If you would like to get some ideas based on some of my past work you can take a peek at either my Flickr Gallery, my Pinterest Gallery or the Gallery Page on this website (currently under construction). You would be surprised how much a picture or two can help make the decision process easier. So, if you need help, would like to mix colors and/or types of beads, or would like to see pictures of certain items next to each other before making your final decision, please let me know.

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These steps will help guild you through the design process. 


Step 1: Choose your beads

All bead options can be found here.  Each section is organized first by type (i.e. Czech and Chinese Glass, Swarovski Crystal, Stone, and Pater Options) and then alphabetically. If you prefer to see your bead options listed by price, simply choose that option from the drop down menu just above the product listings.

Czech Glass Beads:  Certain shades of reds, blues, blacks, etc. are listed by name, not by color group.  For example: Black colors include black diamond, hematite, jet, and matte jet.  Blue colors include luster stone blue, Capri, Montana, cobalt, deep luster, iris, light sapphire, alexandrite, and regular sapphire.  Brown and gold colors include jonquil yellow, dark bronze, luster champagne, and light, medium and smokey topaz.  Green colors include peridot, emerald, lime, olivine, opal turquoise, and prairie.   Pink colors include rosaline, fuchsia, light rose, rose, and soft pink opal. Purple colors include alexandrite, amethyst, iris, tanzanite, violet and lilac pearl.   Red colors include garnet, light Siam ruby, Siam ruby, and regular ruby.

Stone Beads:  My STONE bead options are changing constantly due to recent high demand, but I often have extras (including semiprecious like garnet, sapphire, emerald, etc) on hand. At times I will also have full strings that I haven't had time to photograph and list yet. If you are unable to find a particular stone, either for Aves or Paters, it is always a good idea to email me for availability. Sometimes I may not have enough of your favorite stone for an entire rosary, but mixing in other glass beads, wood beads, or a different stone gives us the opportunity to create something really unique and special.

Pater beads (Our Father beads):  Simply click here to get an idea of what stone and glass options are available.


Step 2: Choose your wire and chain.

All custom rosaries are made with my basic wire/chain option similar to most store bought rosaries (22 gauge Italian silver plate wire with Italian silver plate flat link chain).  But if you want to upgrade to something more sturdy (20 gauge), or a different finish, upgrades are available for an additional cost.  See below for pictures and information regarding different finishes, thicknesses, and prices.


Step 3: Choose your favorite Center and Crucifix.

You have many, many center and crucifix combinations to choose from including Italian silver and gold plate, American made silver plate, pewter, gold plate over pewter, and sterling silver. These links (Centerpiece Choices Crucifix Choices, Matching Sets) will give you an opportunity to see all of your available options.


Step 4: Medals and Charms

Medals and charms are a great way to add character and individuality to any rosary. Click here to check out what's currently available including inexpensive silver late options, gold and silver plate medals, and my own Fibromyalgia, Breast Cancer, and Liberty charms.

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And remember, if you want to combine various colors or types of beads, place your order via email, or if you just need help narrowing down your choices, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to help!



Wire & Chain Options
 
Below you will find the information you need to help you choose the best wire and chain for your rosary. Just click on the image to see a larger version. For those considering plated wire and chain, please keep in mind that with extensive use, the gold or silver plating may wear off over time exposing the copper or brass core underneath. So if you plan on using your rosary every day you might want to consider upgrading to sterling silver or silver filled wire to avoid some of the wear issues associated with basic silver plating. Please see the bottom of this page for details about the difference between silver plate and silver filled.


Basic Silver & Gold Plate Wire/Chain Options:

Basic 22g Flat Link Silver Plate
This option is already included in every custom rosary. It is similar to that used on most budget store bought rosaries.

Basic Gold Plate Wire/Chain

This is the least expensive option if you choose a gold plate center and crucifix combo. It is the same wire as my basic silver, just in gold.
Additional Cost: $2.75

Thicker/Stronger Wire & Chain Upgrades:

This thicker gold plate over copper wire and round link chain combo are stronger than most store bought rosaries and looks great with gold plated parts.
Additional Cost: $4.85

20g silver filled wire/round link chain

This thicker silver FILLED wire and round link aged silver plate chain look great with the aged finish on many of my Italian silver plate rosary parts. Please see below for more details about silver filled wire.
Additional Cost: $6.00

 Looking for a more affordable way to get that bright look of solid sterling without the high price tag? My silver FILLED wire and sterling chain upgrade option might be for you. Please see below for more details about silver filled wires.
Additional Cost: $10.00

My solid sterling silver option includes both sterling silver wire and chain. Together they have a bright and durable silver finish that looks great with any rosary, especially one made using sterling parts.
Additional Cost: $18.00


 
Thanks to Covid 19, I recently lost access to my beloved European silver plate wire. After doing some searching I found a supplier offering Silver filled wire at an affordable price, so I decided to abandon my old 20 gauge silver plate option in favor of this new more accessible silver filled one. This option is a bit more durable than silver plate, but doesn't have the high costs of sterling.  As I've said before, with extensive use, silver plating can wear off over time exposing the copper core underneath. The difference between silver plate and silver filled is in the thickness of the plating. Whereas silver plating involves a thin layer of silver over copper and sterling is almost all silver, silver filled wire is a layer of 0.925 or greater silver which is mechanically bonded to a brass or copper core. It is 100's of times thicker than standard silver plating. 1/10th silver-filled items are at least 1/10th silver by weight, which means the plating will endure longer.  The silver filled wire pictured above (with the sterling options) can be paired with either my round link sterling silver or silver plate chains, depending upon your personal preference.
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