Joy Comes in the Morning - Chinese Turquoise and Czech Glass

Joy Comes in the Morning - Chinese Turquoise and Czech Glass


"Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning."
— Psalm 30:5

The Celtic cross of this chaplet is marvelously detailed. It appears to have been modeled after the Durrow High Cross, an 8th century cross in County Offaly, Ireland — the Durrow Monastery was founded by Saint Columba in the 6th century. On this cross, we see Christ at the center, David with his harp on the far left, and possibly Daniel and the lion on the right. The top is embellished with four spirals, an ancient motif in Celtic art, which in this case may represent the four Gospels. The cross is solid bronze, hand-cast from a vintage original.

The blue-green Pater bead and the huge bead at the end of the chaplet both Chinese, fairly free-form in shape, imperfect, rustic, and very pleasant. Alongside the Pater are a two beads of red jasper, and beads of solid brass. The huge bead is also set among beads of solid brass.

The beautifully shaped Aves are black Czech glass, separated by small beads of matte glass.

The connecting rings and the wire wrap are bronze.

Cross: 1.8"
Pater: 11mm
Aves: 8mm
Huge bead: 21mm
Length: 9.75"

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The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers’ cable, composed of 49 strands of steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds. Each end is double-crimped for security.