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#838 Italian Handmade Silverplate Faux Turquoise Bead Rosary | The Gypsy Madonna Collection
Italian Handmade Silverplate Faux Turquoise Bead Rosary | The Gypsy Madonna Collection

Dating to the 1950s/1960s or so and made in Italy in a Native American manner, here's a Southwest Indian style rosary of silverplate beads/findings and featuring faux turquoise nugget beads. All 59 beads are present. in fact, there are 60 in total - there's an extra turquoise nugget at the back of the rosary. Condition is very nice with a warm patina to the silver. The entire piece seems to be strung on string/thread so a restringing is probably in order sometime soon.

I have got to admit that the turquoise does look genuine but my gut tells me that the turquoise is glass - the drill holes are much too large and too cleanly drilled for the nuggets to be genuine turquoise. The cross and center medal are marked ITALY so metal is silverplate. The pater beads (roses) are not marked but have the look of being silverplate as well.

From bottom of cross to center of back of rosary measures 17-1/2". Cross measures 1-7/8" x 1-1/4". From top of center medal to bottom of cross measures 5-3/4".  Weight is a hefty 48.1 grams.  

A most unusual religious item!

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$45.00
The Gypsy Madonna Collection

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