Category Archives: crucifixes
Part Restock & New Stuff!
Parts arrived from Italy this week. Woo Hoo!! I have restocked many of the basic centerpieces like the Miraculous medal, Lourdes & Fatima water centers and Mary with Baby Jesus. I have also restocked my traditional angular crucifix, relic crucifix, large filigree among a few others. The supplier sent me the stamped version of the tear drop sunburst crucifix instead of the one with the separately attached Corpus, so I will be taking new pictures and adding that one as an option to the existing listing until the few of the old style are sold out. OK? I also have a new Fatima center with dirt from Fatima instead of water, a larger Miraculous medal and a new simple crucifix that will be added soon. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Keep checking back over the next week for the new additions.
Rosaries by Speziale 🙂
Italian vs. American Manufacturing
As more and more jewelry makers delve into the realm of rosary making it seems a good time to clarify the differences between American and Italian manufacturing. Many jewelry makers assume the same level of American quality even when purchasing rosary parts made elsewhere, but unfortunately this is not the case, so let’s take a peek at the differences.
Here are the basics. Foreign rosary parts have always been made differently from American jewelry components. It’s been that way for over 100 years. Jewelry components usually include features like thicker silver or gold platings, lead free pewter bases, and even solid sterling silver or 24K gold options. It is also very common for American rosary part manufacturers to use similar metals, which is why they are so much more expensive than their Italian and Chinese counterparts.
Most Italian rosary parts are made from a metal mix called Zamak which includes things like zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper, but the exact recipe varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, all of my suppliers mention using a silver “flash” plating on their silver tone parts. This type of plating is very thin compared to our American standard which is why some jewelry makers don’t consider it to be “real” silver plating and get very offended if you refer to it as such. Two of my suppliers also include small amounts of silver in their general Zamak recipe. Each manufacturer does something a little bit different. 🙂
Long story short, if Italian and Chinese rosary parts were plated with the American standard sterling silver or 14k gold, their cost would go up substantially. Affordability, durability and variety are what make Italian rosary parts so popular, but sterling silver or 14K gold they are not. This is why when talking about rosary parts you always see words like Italian silver plate (or tone), American silver plate, or Made in China. If you look for those specific identifiers, it will help you understand what the center or crucifix is made of. OK? 🙂
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. OK?
White Rhodium Lily Set Back In Stock!!
Discontinued Item: Holy Spirit Crucifix
Hi Everyone! I have decided to discontinue my Holy Spirit crucifix. Unfortunately, every order received from the manufacturer included a significant number of damaged items. The losses became to much to cover on my own and raising the prices to cover the extra cost didn’t seem right considering how fragile this particular cross is. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Clearance Prices Lowered!
I just finished lowering the prices in my clearance section. Once the gold plate parts are gone there won’t be any more for a while, so now is the time to buy! Here are a few of the items now on sale!
Heart Tipped Crucifix Back Soon!
Hi Everyone!! I just wanted to do a quick post about my heart tipped crucifix. It had been discontinued by my supplier, but they have allowed me to make a special purchase of 250 pieces. They are in production now and we should have them in 6-8 weeks or so. So check back then for more inventory. 🙂
P.S. The open floral Miraculous is on backorder and should be back in stock soon too.
Old Cancer Sets Leaving Soon!
Just a quick heads up to let you know that my old pewter cancer sets will be retired as of January. If you want a few sets before they are gone, please let me know. All left over stock I have will be donated to charity to make room for the new stuff coming. 🙂
New Centerpiece and Cross Added!
New Clearance Section
To those of you who know me, you know that every once in a while I put items on clearance that are either discontinued or that I will no longer carry. We’ll, it’s that time again! 🙂 Here is a list of the current items that I am clearing out to make room for other inventory. Once they are gone, there will be no more, but as in the past, if there are items that you use regularly I should still be able to request a special order for you, but the purchase will have to be in mass. OK? As always if you have questions, please let me know.
Click HERE to visit my Clearance Section!