Greenstone Christian Rosary (Nephrite Jade) - Anglican Prayer Beads
This Christian rosary is made with deep green nephrite jade gemstone beads teamed with silver. Known as greenstone in New Zealand, this type of jade is highly prized - giving a gift of greenstone signifies love and respect between the giver and receiver.
I've used 6mm round greenstone beads for the 4 sets of week beads, and 8mm rounds for the cruciform and invitatory beads. Each bead is hand-linked with silver rosary wire which gives the rosary nice drape through the fingers.
The cross that begins and ends the rosary has five 5-pointed stars, including the one in the center. The 5-pointed star symbol in Christianity is also known as the Star of Bethlehem and represents Jesus' birth and incarnation, and also as the Epiphany Star.
This is a smaller size, compact rosary which is suitable for women or men.
Length from center back to end of cross: 26cm / 10.2 inches
Cross: 2.25cm / 0.9 inches tall
The Christian rosary is also known as the Anglican or Episcopalian rosary, and is used by most major Christian faiths as an aid to prayer and meditation. The rosary is more than a simple recitation of prayers. The beads offer a focal point to help keep the mind still while praying, thus allowing the prayer to become physical as well as mental.
If you are interested in learning more about this type of rosary, you can read more about it here: About the Anglican Rosary.
The rosary comes in a handmade cotton rosary pouch to keep it in, along with a pamphlet with some suggested ways to start using it.