GEMSTONE BUDDHIST ROSARIES

We offer gemstone rosaries in traditional 108 and 27-bead sizes. The rosary loop is joined with a knot of eternity, representing the cleansing and conversion of karma within Eternal Meditation. A pendant made up of three beads (representing the Three Treasures of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) and a pair of tassels depends from the knot of eternity. The tassels represent the roots of the lotus plant that must stay fixed in, and nourished by, the mud if the lotus is to grow and flower. Even so must spiritual training stay fixed in the compassionate acceptance of our humanity if it is to manifest enlightenment. The tassels can also be viewed as representing the spiritual fountain of Compassion and Wisdom.

The main beads of our rosaries are made from gemstones that are relatively hard (5 to 7 on the Mohs scale). Because of this hardness, the beads will hold their polish for a long time even with frequent use, provided they are not carried in pockets containing other hard items such as keys and coins. Each bead is separated from the beads next to it by tiny gold-colored metal spacer beads. The beads are strung on very strong 49-strand stainless steel beading wire sheathed in tough plastic. Each gemstone rosary comes in a velveteen bag with a drawstring.

Rosary Sizes

ROSARY EXAMPLES

Click the photo on the left to view samples of rosary styles and sizes.

Black Onyx Rosaries

BLACK ONYX ROSARIES

Onyx is a member of the family of translucent quartz minerals known as “chalcedony.” Onyx is a striped mineral and varies in color and intensity of hue. Our onyx beads have been dyed in order to be uniform. The divider beads are made from highly translucent rose quartz, which is pale pink in color.

27-Bead Black Onyx Rosary

Bead sizes: main beads: 8 mm (5/16”); divider beads: 6mm (¼”)

Price: $16.50

 

108-Bead Black Onyx Rosary

Bead sizes: main beads: 6mm (¼”); divider beads: 4 mm (3/16”)

Price: $38

Aventurine Rosaries

AVENTURINE ROSARIES

Aventurine is translucent quartz containing tiny bits of mica that give it a unique sparkle. We use good quality emerald-green aventurine beads 6mm (¼”) in diameter. The divider beads are made from superior quality clear rock crystal quartz and are highly translucent. They are 4mm (3/16”) in diameter.

27-Bead Aventurine Rosary

Bead sizes: main beads: 6 mm (¼”); divider beads: 4mm (3/16”)

Price: $20      

108-Bead Aventurine Rosary

Bead sizes: main beads: 6mm (¼”); divider beads: 4 mm (3/16”)

Price: $45      

Jade Rosary

JADE ROSARY

“Jade” is a name given to two closely related minerals: jadeite and nephrite. Jade occurs in many hues of green, but it can also be white, black and many other colors. It is very hard and also very tough. The hardness enables polished jade to retain its brilliance despite years of use. The toughness makes jade resistant to chipping and cracking. Yet these qualities are not those that dominate our perception of jade when we touch it: jade has a distinct silky feel.

The beads that we use in our jade rosary are made from very dark green nephrite jade. It is such a dark green that it appears black when viewed in some lighting conditions. The divider beads are gold-plated brass.

27-Bead Jade Rosary

Bead size: main beads: 8mm (5/16”); divider beads: 4 mm (3/16”)

Price: $25      

Lapis Lazuli Rosary

LAPIS LAZULI ROSARIES

Lapis lazuli is justly renowned for its beautiful azure-blue color. Tiny bits of pyrite in the stone appear as golden flecks scattered in the rich blue. The main beads of these rosaries are made from superior quality lapis lazuli and are 6mm (1/4”) in diameter. The divider beads are 4mm gold-plated brass.

27-Bead Lapis Lazuli Rosary

Bead sizes: main beads: 6 mm (¼”); divider beads: 4mm (3/16”)

Price: $40      

108-Bead Lapis Lazuli Rosary

Bead sizes: main beads: 6mm (¼”); divider beads: 4 mm (3/16”)

Price: $135