15th c. Franciscan Crown Pearl Rosary - 7 Joys - Decades Paternosters


This rosary has 70 freshwater pearls with 3mm gold plated spacer beads between each 8mm-10mm baroque pearl (irregular shaped). All are strung on silk beading thread and are is divided into 7 decades by gold plated filigree beads that are rectangular (13mmx10mm) in shape. An off-white tassel hangs from one of the paternosters. It is documented that tassels were used to wipe away the tears of sorrow. Divided in half, it hangs approximately 22" including the tassel.

This style of Franciscan rosary was popular before they were standardized at the Council of Trent in the late 16th century. This particular bead arrangement was inspired by a late 15th century coral and bone rosary in the Erzbischofliches Diozesan Museum in Cologne that was of Flemish/German origin.

FRANCISCAN ROSARY - The Franciscan Crown has variously been called the Franciscan Rosary, the Seraphic Rosary or the Rosary of the Seven Joys of Our Lady. The "Seven Joys" is a devotion that recalls seven joyful episodes in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The practice originated among the Franciscans in early 15th-century Italy.

STANDARDIZED ROSARY - At the 1573 Council of Trent the Catholic Church standardized the rosary into the Dominican style with 50 Aves divided into 5 decades by 5 Paternosters which also included 3 antiphon beads (pathway) and a cross. (The History of Devotion of the Rosary by Richard Gribble)

BIBLICAL PEARLS - Pearls are frequently mentioned in the New Testament, ( Matthew 13:45 ; 1 Timothy 2:9 ; Revelation 17:4 ; 21:21 ) and were considered by the ancients among the most precious of gems, and were highly esteemed as ornaments. The kingdom of heaven is compared to a "pearl of great price." In ( Matthew 7:6 ) pearls are used metaphorically for anything of value, or perhaps more especially for "wise sayings," i.e. Pearls of Wisdom.

METAPHYSICAL - Pearls are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and stability, and to promote faith, loyalty, truth and purity. They can especially enhance personal integrity.

**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Palace Gallery does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

Shipped in a velvet pouch.
A FREE Latin prayer booklet is included with each rosary purchase.
We ship via USPS Priority Mail with insurance so that your package arrives in 2-3 days and you can track it on-line.

Custom Order - This same rosary can be made with wire links for $70 extra. Convo us, if interested.
NON-REFUNDABLE ITEMS - Custom Orders, Sale Items, Worn Clothing, Hand-Strung Rosaries, Feathers, Fans, Mink Flea-furs or other fragile items.

NOTE - All sales are FINAL on Items bought for photo shoots, weddings, performances or any other one-time project.

Visit my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PalaceGallery

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 2 - 3 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Legal imprint