Welcome to the home of the Jeweled Rose, dedicated to the study and appreciation of vintage and antique prayer beads.
'There are pleasures in the act of accumulation: the thrill of the hunt, the joy of the find. But true collecting is more. It's listening for the hum of history in things, finding connections among art and objects of different times and cultures, and gathering images so that, as in poetry, they reveal new meaning.'
Catholic rosaries and chaplets from the early 1800s through the mid 1900s are my focus, but this is a non-denominational site. My collections include other Christian traditions, traditional Islamic prayer beads, secular worry beads, Malas, Thelemic and Wiccan rosaries, and more.
This is a working reference site - new material is added all the time, and existing material will be edited as I gather additional information. If you see something you're interested in, or have an update or correction, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you.
As much as possible I include the source for any quoted text, links, or images, but sometimes I don't have as much information as I'd like. If I've included material that you own the copyright to, please contact me. I'll be happy to take it down or update the attribution.