Post # 1
I was contemplating having my mom make me an antique pearl and rhinestone rosary inspired necklace with my wedding dress. I am not catholic so I dont know much about them but I think they’re beautiful. Is it wrong to wear one with my wedding dress? Is it…sacreligious?
Post # 3
In gradeschool (I went to Catholic School) when we put the rosaries around our neck we always got yelled at b/c your not supposed to do that. If your not Catholic and its just a “rosary-inspired” necklace I think you should be fine.
Post # 4
I was raised Catholic and even though I’m now Epsicopalian, I love making Catholic rosaries. I’m not sure about proper etiquette regarding wearing rosaries – I’ve seen it done but I think it looks kind of weird. Could you carry it with your bouquet instead?
Post # 5
If by rosary inspired necklace, you mean a beaded necklace with a crucifix at the end, I can’t really see a problem with that.
A real rosary is not jewelry, though, it is a set of prayer beads used to guide someone through a meditative prayer practice. Each bead represents a different prayer. Using the rosary helps you keep your place in the order of the prayers.
What I would advise is to go with the style you like, but try to make sure the count in the beads is off, so that it isn’t actually a rosary.
Post # 6
it wouldnt be a rosary per se, but it would look a lot like one. instead of the pendant of the virgin mary, I was going to have a picture of my grandmother…it would be like a rosary, but MrsH style
Post # 7
This has actually come up before on the boards, but as a Catholic, I’ll just say, “NO.” The general sentiment was the same.
They can indeed be beautiful, but they are a sacred representation of part of the Catholic Faith. If that is not the faith you believe in, and you’re going to use it in a decorative way contrary to it’s purpose, you run a high risk of offending many people from vendors to guests. Not only that, but your guests who know you’re not catholic will probably be wondering why you would wear a rosary…
Post # 8
In the middle of the Y of a rosary is a medal of Mary, the bottom is a crucifix. If you want to do a “Y” necklace, and not have a cross on the bottom and have your grandmothers picture, and not have the 10 and 1 spacing of beads… then it’s fine. There’s a lot of “Y” necklaces… but if you mean you’d replace Mary with your grandmother and keep the cross… then… no 🙂
For instance… Below with your grandma’s picture on the very bottom would be fine. Or, in the middle of the Y minus a cross on the bottom. But add the cross or other “rosary” elements and not so much.
Post # 9
KLP is correct, and I would suggest that if your mom is talented at making necklaces, you just ask for an attractive-looking cross necklace. It could certainly involve beautiful beads, but having it be inspired by a rosary will make it look like a rosary, which is indeed offensive if worn as jewelry.