Rosary Types and Materials

Rosary Types

At beads with Faith we make wire wrapped and knotted cord rosaries, we occasionally make strung or stretch bracelets. We avoid full strung Rosaries due to the fact that when used daily for prayer the Strung Rosaries are not as reliable! 

Knotted Cord Rosaries 

  This rosary has the beads strung on cord with special knots. There may be knots between each bead or a decade may slide to the Pater. This too will pool in your hand easily. I really enjoy making Corded Rosaries, particularly with wooden and glass beads and colourful cord. These are the ideal Rosary for children. I use 1mm waxed Rosary Cord for my knotted Cord Rosaries, unless the beads are particularly large and I use 1.5mm or 2 mm.  

Wire wrapped Rosary Beads with Faith

Wire Wrapped Rosaries

  This is similar to the chain Rosaries you will readily find in shops except that to end the link on the bead, the wire is wrapped around itself making a much stronger link. It may also be doubled back onto the bead for decorative purposes. These will "pool" well though are a bit stiffer than chain Rosaries, but their durability and general inability of breaking in your pocket, a little "shoogle" is a minor inconvenience. I use 0.5mm stainless steel wire or 0.6mm Brass specialist Rosary wire for the majority of my wire wraps. 

Wire wrapping was traditionally used for the connector between the Ave and Pater you can be assured when you purchase a wire wrapped Rosary it is very strong!   

Beads and Materials we use

  Beads with Faith Rosaries are created for beauty and strength, the strongest and most reliable Rosary is the wire wrapped Rosary. I use 24 gauge Stainless Steel for all my wire wrapped Rosary beads unless otherwise stated. Stainless steel doesn't rust and is strong and clean. It looks beautiful and is durable. Stainless steel is also the best balance of material properties and price. This means that I am able to create affordable, Durable wire wrapped Rosaries, that will not tarnish, as silver plated items do. 

Beads I regularly Use

I have a wide variety of beads in both my Rosary making and Jewelry making and all are sourced from ethical suppliers throughout the world. There are so many beautiful beads available in a wide variety of materials, plastic, pearl, gemstone, semi-precious and precious beads that are utterly beautiful to touch and feel in your fingers as you pray.


Amethyst is a transparent purple quartz. Origin of name from the Greek -amethystos- "not drunken". Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness. Greek legend tells the story of a maiden Amethystos who was pursued a drunken god called Dionysus. She prayed to the goddess Artemis to remain chaste. The goddess granted her prayer, transforming her into a white stone. Filled with remorse Dionysus cried tears of wine over the stone turning it purple.Different localities can produce a unique amethyst to that particular region or even to that particular mine. It is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, Zambia, Namibia and other African countries. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia.Colour:the colour range varies from pale lilac to deep purple.Hardness: 7

Rose Quartz Beads

Rose Quartz 

Quartz is a crystalline rock or mineral composed of silicon dioxide. Quartz is the second most common mineral in the Earth's continental crust and found in all types of geological environment. There are 49 variety's, a number of which are gemstones, some of which are very beautiful and very rare. Origin of name from Saxon word Querkluftertz = cross-vein ore.Colour: colourless, white, gray, yellow to brown to black, violet, pink Hardness: 7

  Botswana Agate

 Botswana agate is sometimes called the "change stone" because of its property of helping one handle change in a positive way. It gently helps one make transitions of any kind in a way that change is not as difficult or painful as could be without it; it is a comforting stone. Carrying a bit of Botswana agate in your pocket can help one cope easily with the minor changes that life throws at us daily. Relief from depression and/or grief is another property of Botswana agate. It helps focus on solutions instead of problems, and thereby increases creativity. It increases the power of one's intuition. Botswana agate is helpful in overcoming addictions and other self-destructive compulsive behavior patterns, as well as dealing with repressed emotional issues. As a success stone, it helps one achieve and cope with success. It is also a stone of sensuality. It is beneficial to the nervous system and can help rid the body of toxins, as well as help in the healing of broken bones.  

  Natural Tigers Eye

Tigers Eye is mainly composed of silicon dioxide, it is a form of quartz that acquires fine golden lustre when polished. Origin of name: the stone resembles the eye of a tiger. Tiger's eye is a semi precious stone with a rich yellow and golden brown stripes.that display chattoyance(a mobile, wavering striped reflection). Tigers eye is found in regions of South Africa and Western Australia.


is made from rock composed of chalcedony, dense microcrystalline quartz and other minerals which make up the colorful bands or patterns throughout it. Jasper is found in Germany, India, France, Russia and the U.S. It is rare to find Jasper that is uniformly colored. 

Peridot Jasper

 is a type of cream colored jasper that has faint wisps of green throughout. Its said to give its wearer a sense of well being and protect against negative thoughts. Jasper is microcrystalline quartz and is made from very small grains, it is a semi-translucent to opaque. Jasper has been used for thousands of years as tools and weapons during prehistoric times and for ornaments and jewellery later. Origin of name from the Greek iaspis. Jasper is commonly found in the regions of North Africa, Sicily, France, India, Venezuela and Germany, USA etc. Colour: dark green,yellow, brown, green, yellow, red and white. Hardness: 6.5 to 7.5


The term "jade" refers to two different, yet similar semi-precious metamorphic mineral gemstones, Jadeite and Nephrite. Nephrite and jadeite are resistance to breakage and chipping and due to their toughness they made a superior weapons and tools for early man. Not until the 19th century that a French mineralogist determined that "jade" was in fact two different materials. Nephrite is usually only green and creamy white, while jadeite can have the full range of jades colours. Jade is mined in the regions of Canada, Australia, United States and Taiwan. Hardness:6


 is a naturally white stone with either dark gray or black spider webs throughout. It is commonly dyed to imitate Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli. It is named after the mineralogist Henry How, who found it in Nova Scotia in the 19th century. It is the stone of memory, knowledge and progress. It is also said to eliminate pain, stress and anger. Howlite should be kept away from acids, strong light and cleaning products.

  Black Onyx 

itself is a variety of striped chalcedony that is made up of alternating broad, flat bands of black and white. Onyx differs from other agate in the fact that the bands of which it is formed are parallel and regularly spaced. If the specimen of onyx is brown and white, it is called Sardonyx. If itâ€ââ€Å¾¢s red and white, then this onyx is called Carnelian Onyx. When the specimen is black throughout the bands, then it is called Black Onyx. Black onyx can be natural or dyed and has been valued by the Greeks and Romans, used in India to ward off the'evil eye' and used as a worry stone in the Middle East. Onyx can be found in Uruguay, Germany, Canada and the U.S. It is said to eliminate apathy, stress, negative thinking, and help with public speaking.


(Chrysolite, Olivine) A yellow-green gemstone that is colored due to the amount of ferrous iron within, Peridot is the birthstone of August and can be easily confused with Emerald. Peridot is susceptible to acids and quick temperature changes. Do not clean Peridot jewelry with an ultrasonic cleaner. Some say that Peridotsâ€ââ€Å¾¢ name comes from the Arabic word â€Åâ€Å“faridatâ€Â (gem), and was the most popular gemstone during the Baroque period. It is also said that Peridot was Cleopatraâ€ââ€Å¾¢s favorite gemstone. Hawaiian legend states that Peridot gemstones are the tears of the goddess Pele. Peridot has been used to slow the aging process and help with oneâ€ââ€Å¾¢s speech. It has also been used to help find things that are lost. Peridot is found in China, Pakistan, Australia, Egypt, Norway and the U.S. All items are handcrafted. Therefore, size, shape, hole size, and finish may vary slightly.


(Commonly misspelled Adventurine) A form of Macrocrystalline quartz (meaning the crystals are recognizable with the naked eye), it is found in Brazil, India, China and Japan. Most Aventurine is reddish brown to yellow with shimmering metallic particles called mica throughout the stone. If there are any red or brown particles in Aventurine, it is caused by hematite platelets. Some specimens of true green have also been found naturally, but most green, blue and red gems on the market have been dyed. Aventurine is said to bring peace and promote positive attitude, confidence and tranquility.


Rhodonite comes in rosy to deep pink colors but has black dendrite inclusions throughout. Its name is derived from the Greek word rhodon (pink). It is much more durable than Rhodochrosite and does not react to acids the way Rhodochrosite does. Rhodonite will have a flat finish to it, due to the fact that it doesn't polish up very well. Rhodonite is called the singer's stone because it makes one more sensitive to sound, as well as helping the nervous system and the feminine reproductive system. It is found in Australia, Japan, Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, New Jersey and Colorado

  Lapis Lazuli 

by its binomial name is a crystalline aggregate composed largely of blue lazurite. It also will have pyrite and mica throughout it, which makes Lapis Lazuli look like a night sky. Lapis Lazuli used to be ground up to make ultramarine pigments for paint as early as the 11th century A.D. This stone of truth and friendship can be found from a true blue to deep blue with occurrences of purplish blue to blue-green. It was one of the first stones to be used for jewelry. It is found in Afghanistan, Egypt, Canada and Chile. All over the world, Lapis lazuli is considered a stone of truth and friendship. The blue stone is reputed to bring about harmony in relationships and to help its wearer to be an authentic individual who may openly state his or her opinion.


Opal is a type of quartz. Origin of name: from Sanskrit (Sanskrit is a classical Indian language) upala = precious stone. They are luminous and iridescent with inclusions of many colours. Opals show a play-of-colour (a shifting of spectral colours)   Opals are found in the regions of Mexico, Brazil, USA, Japan, Honduras, Kenya, Czechoslovakia, Peru, Canada but by far Australia is the main source of opals, almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts. Colour: White, black, red, orange, most of the full spectrum, colourless, iridescent. Very infrequently of a singular colour.Hardness: 5.5- 6.5


was used for making seals in Babylonia, and a frequent mineral used in mourning jewelry in the early 20th century. In the past, Hematite was used in creating blush. Hematite gets its name from the Latin word 'haimo' (blood) because of the blood-red color of the powder that occurs when Hematite is ground up. It is found in England. Norway, Sweden, Morocco, New Zealand, Pima County Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan. Hematite is the state mineral of Alabama. Frequently fashioned into small pearl like beads, some people who wear hematite find that it becomes too heavy to wear after awhile. Hematite is also used to inspire peace, aid clarity, and balance. Hematite: A metallic silvery steel grey mineral that is most composed of iron. It's very heavy, and cold to the touch.