The tranquil and reflective green hills of Ireland come to mind when you hold these beautiful Connemara Marble Rosary beeds. Hand-crafted in Ireland, the unique cubed marble beads showcase Connemara Marble's various shades of green. To complete the rosary is a Celtic crucifix. Few things reflect the beauty of creation more strongly than the deep and varied greens of Connemara Marble, found only on the west coast of Ireland. These Rosary Beads, handmade in Dublin from marble cut from a quarry in Co. Galway, are part of a long tradition in Irish Rosary beads.
The first Irish Rosaries were made by monks of the great settlements like Cashel, Clonmacnoise and Glendalough. Using the horns of animals, they fashioned beads of natural beauty and simple strength. Their strength in particular put them much in demand in medieval Europe, where the rosary was a widely observed meditation, and personal link with the Creator. These beads continue that tradition, combining natural beauty with practical strength. Carry them with you, and tranquility will never be far away. Presented in a gift box. Connemara Marble For three generations, the Walsh family have worked the beautiful, green marble that is unique to Connemara in the West of Ireland. Their quarry at Lissoughter in the Connemara mountains first opened in the 19th century. In 1903, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra visited it during the Royal Tour of Connemara.
Today, the marble of Connemara can be found in the world's great monuments. In the halls of Trinity College Dublin, on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in Kensington Palace and in some of America's finest buildings. The marble is crafted and finished at the family's workshop in Dublin, Ireland. Traditional and modern tools are used to create products that capture the rare beauty of Connemara Marble.
The rosary is constructed with an extra strong double link chain and measures 25" long and the crucifix measures approximately 2 inches long.