Black Virgin Collected Blessings Assemblage cross necklace Devotion religious rosary jewelry Our Lady Notre Dame Hal #rosaryjewelry
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Black Virgin Collected Blessings Assemblage cross necklace Devotion religious rosary jewelry Our Lady Notre Dame Hal #rosaryjewelry



Black Virgin Collected Blessings Assemblage cross necklace Devotion necklace religious rosary jewelry Our Lady Notre Dame Halle Hal antique by OldNouveau on Etsy

This stunning devotional gathering of crosses and religious medals gives a home to pieces that I have salvaged over the years. This stunning collection makes a moving statement. All of the crosses and medals are vintage to antique. Two items of special note. The fourth photo shows the Infant of Prague heart shaped locket opened up. The face of this locket has a Mother of pearl front, with an Infant of Prague escutcheon . The second item, a very special cross, is in picture 5. This rhinestone encrusted cross is a Stanhope Cross. "Stanhopes or Stanho-scopes are optical devices that enable the viewing of microphotographs without using a microscope.[1][2] They were invented by René Dagron in 1857.[1] Dagron bypassed the need for an expensive microscope to view the microscopic photographs by attaching the microphotograph at the end of a modified Stanhope lens.[1] He called the devices bijoux photo-microscopiques or microscopic photo-jewelry.[3] In 1864 Dagron became famous when he produced a stanhope optical viewer which enabled the viewing of a microphotograph 1 square millimetre (0.0016 sq in), (equivalent in size to the head of a pin),[5] that included the portraits of 450 people.[6][5]" Wikipedia The Stanhope photograph in the lens of this cross contains the Lord's Prayer. See pictures 5 and 10. It looks blurry, as this photo could only be taken with my phone camera, but is more easily read looking through the viewer with the naked eye. The top layer of this necklace is a glass beaded chain strand from an old, rescued rosary. The middle strand is part of a mother of pearl necklace from Jerusalem, and the bottom strand is clear crystal bead chain. The three strands go beautifully together. The middle pendant is especially lovely. It is a celluloid base with a metal escutcheon. The image is a rare one, of Notre Dame de Hal (Halle), the Black Virgin. I discovered what a treasure this is only after I bought it. The lettering on the medal says "Notre Dame de Hal, PPN" (Prier Pour Nous, french for 'pray for us')

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