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Travel by Starlight
variation III
Afghan Lapis Lazuli
10-Bead Handmade Chaplet

"...They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them."
   -- Matthew 2:9

Each of us is invited to follow the star... invited to travel by starlight.

The crucifix of this chaplet is absolutely wonderful.  It's cast from a well-worn -- and clearly well-loved -- 18th century Latin American original, in solid bronze.  The reverse of the cross is as lovely as the front.  (Please see the detail photos, below.)

The Aves are stone -- an especially beautiful Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan -- deep cobalt-blue, with clouds and golden speckles of pyrite -- the starlit vault of heaven!  We imagine the wise men traveling under such a sky. 

The caps enclosing each Ave are pleasingly varied in tone, and subtly heart-shaped.   They're substantial, solid brass.  Among the Aves are beads of matte glass in various midnight blues.

The chaplet is pleasantly supple.  It's strung on premium quality Soft Touch jewelers' cable, composed of 49 strands of plied steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds;  each end is double-crimped for security.  The crimp beads are copper;  the connecting rings are solid bronze. 

Crucifix:  2.1"
Prayer Beads:  8mm
Length:  6.4"
Weight:  .8  oz. 

$214. (Sold. For a similar chaplet, please inquire.)

© Copyright 2007-19, M. Laura Eckert, Still Stone and Moss, Prayer Bead Art: Handmade Rosaries, Prayer Ropes, Chaplets, and Rosary Bracelets.