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rosary workshop - LEA series index
LEA   LIMITED EDITIONS I
vintage & antique beads -  (1920s -30s, some 50s)  - pg 1 of 2


LEA.21180 - Windows of Heaven II'
LEA.21744 - 'Oil and Wine''

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PRIVATE BEAD COLLECTION
LEA  I - LIMITED EDITION ANTIQUE
 We have been collecting antique beads since the 70s, now watching as these old treasures disappear, one by one.  We knew it would happen but hoped it would be in another life time!  Enjoy them while they last.
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APPRECIATING THEIR HISTORY
 One of our European venders told us that many of the old pre WWII hand pressed beads from Germany were actually buried by the bead makers for safe keeping as the bombing approached.  Eventually the sites were lost only to be unearthed in recent times during construction of homes and industrial parks. Read more below.

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~ LEA  INDEX I ~

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available in (b) bronze and (s) sterling

ROSARY - LEA.2009

and truly Marian
TRUE to GOD II - LEA.2409
antique blue facets
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(1900 - 20s) AVE BEADS: An antique blue, English cut bead. This bead was a great find! PATER BEADS: Paters are 2 matte amethyst with an auroa finish on one side. Faceted Rondelle adds sparkle. Excellent price for this old turn of the century bead. Unrepeatable

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ROSARY - LEA - 2015
a treasure refound
GLORY of the LORD IV - LEA.2015 
antique crystal / jet liner
  - AVE BEADS: Truly one of our most beautiful antique bead rosaries ever (1920's). And one of our first. A fortunate find as we have been out of this old bead for over 5 years. PATER BEADS: Very limited old faceted jet black glass from Czechoslovakia , unable to replace.

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ROSARY - LEA.21138 - 'Believer in the Lord III'
a treasure refound
BELIEVER in the LORD III - LEA.211138 
antique matte glass / leopard jasper
  - AVE BEADS:   a soft, old matte violet,  glass bead dated before the 50s  -  a wonderful reminder of the love the Lord has for us.PATER BEADS:  rare faceted Leopard Jasper. Each Pater is capped with an antiqued filigree as of old.  Read more - 

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ROSARY-LEA.21347 - 'Ancient Ruins Rebuilt VII'
rare Lapis rocks
ANCIENT RUINS REBUILT VII - LEA.21347
LapiS stones / old jet glass -
AVE BEADS: Old vintage cornerless cubes from Germany (pre WWII  - to 1950s) in a matte finish jet black.  PATER BEADS chunks of matte Lapi stone,  possibly cut at the mine.  Very comfortable in the praying hand All in one loop (traditional for antique rosaries). 

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ROSARY - Living Stones - LEA.2517 hand carved wooden Ave's
LIVING STONES IV - LEA.2617
handcarved wood / lavender -
AVE BEADS: Ave beads are individually hand carved wood. PATER BEADS: Antiques  (1920s - 30s) Beautiful matte satiny finish. A larger rosary for those who love to know they have a rosary in their hands! Caps are glass antiques. Very very limited.

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ROSARY - LEA.21023
almost gone
MAGNIFY the LORD III & 1V - LEA.21023,24
lt rose variegated / crystal
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(color softer than imaged)  A beautiful tribute to Mary and Jesus, 'flesh of my flesh'. These variegated beads are more beautiful than the image allows. PATER BEADS: Also see rosary in clear, blue lampwork,  handmade by Glass Bead Artist, Willie Wilhelm (1950s)

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ROSARY - LEA.2724 - click for details
HEAVEN'S GATE III - LEA.2724
matte crystal / rock crystal -
AVE BEADS:antique Ave beads matte cloud white  are joined with natural rock crystal PATER BEADS: creating a very rare and beautiful rosary and chaplet. Be sure and see both by clicking the link below. Very rare, unable to replace:

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New nerues replacing old 'Choice Wine'
OIL AND WINE   IV - LEA.21744  
old agate /topaz - AVE BEADS: Old lazy lace agate - a rare mix of shades of wine, lavender and cream  PATER BEADS: in antique (pre 40s)  matte topaz amber oil, each framed in antiqued filigree caps. reminding us of the Good Samaritan who poured wine and oil over his wounds and took him to the inn.

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ROSARY - LEA.2430 - click for details very limited
BRIDE ADORNED III - LEA.2430 
cream / crystal -
AVE BEADS:(Ave facets are from the 30s (Germany). Perfect for new and vintage brides.  Truly a magnificent rosary with its PATER BEADS: cubes of living rainbows - Swarovski at its best. Crystal is from the 50s - 60s note the little crystal spacers in between giving more sparkle. 

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ROSARY - LEA.2031 very limited
EYES of YOUR HEART II - LEA.2031
jet
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(1860 - 80)   AVE BEADS:  dated these beads between because of the string they were on when purchased -  This glass tri bead is called 'French Jet' -  a sub for true jet (coal). A very popular rosary, about to come down but more beads came through a remarkable find. Unable to get more, just about gone  PATER BEADS:  Old faceted jet glass. See closer look:

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rare lucite from the 40s
WINE AND OIL AND WINE   IV - LEA.21744  - (OLE CHOICE WINE  III)
old agate /topaz - AVE BEADS: Old lazy lace agate - a rare mix of shades of wine, lavender and cream  PATER BEADS: in antique (pre 40s)  matte topaz amber oil, each framed in antiqued filigree caps. reminding us of the Good Samaritan who poured wine and oil over his wounds and took him to the inn.

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ROSARY-LEA.2846 another  rare find
ENDURING MERCY  III - LEA.2846
matte gray 'sugar beads' / faceted topaz -
AVE BEADS :  (20 - 40s). A fine old  textured pressed glass Gablonz bead - very popular in the early part of the 20th century. (Called 'Crackled sugar beads' ). PATER BEADS: Old silver beads, capped. Metal side beads in tradition of older rosary designs. 

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a rare find
BE OPENED  V - LEA.21556
matte antique jet / dicroic lampwork -
AVE BEADS: (1920 - 40s). fine old  textured pressed glass Gablonz bead - very popular in the early part of the 20th century. PATER BEADS: Individually hand maed by Basha,  capped in antiqued filigrees. Our image does not give this rosary justice. Read more ... 

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ROSARY - LEA.21180
 almost gone, uanble to replace
WINDOWS of HEAVEN II - LEA.21180
hand made beads / antique mate jet
- AVE BEADS: Matte glass Aves are handmade antiques. PATER BEADS (American Bead Artist ) We tried to find more in Tucson and in Milwaukee shows but appears they are no longer available. So when gone, this rosary will be unrepeatable. One of a kind.

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JOY OF MINE VII: LEA.21370
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LEA II (Page 2)    -   LEA INDEX CART




~ HISTORY ~
THE BEAD INDUSTRY 
AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE
The Jewish people were deeply rooted in and well known in the bead industry. Their involvement  in  the trading and selling of beads goes back for centuries. One has to know that many were victims of the war  (and concentration camps) thus many of their secret hiding places of hope were lost in time and history. 
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FAMILIES
SELLING OFF THE LAST
Also, we are told as the older generations of bead makers, who made each bead by hand, died off and beads began to be made by machine in the 50s and 60s.  The bead makers family sold off their private bead collections to jobbers as they,  the children, ventured into a more state of the arts world of computers and other businesses. 
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 To confirm this in our own minds, we asked our vnders at International Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson why such a sudden burst of old beads was coming out of Germany and Austria -  they agreeed as old bead makers are dying off.  Family members,  selling off these private (museum quality) bead collections to US markets.   When these old treasures are gone, there will be no more.
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  PROTECTING THE BEADS
One of our European venders told us that many of the old pre WWII pressed beads from Germany were actually buried to protect them as the bombing approached.  Eventually the sites were lost only to be unearthed in recent time during construction of homes and industrial parks.
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For cneturies, the Jews were known for their work in the bead industry and we hope and pray that somewhere in time the Lord brings blessings to them from these rosaries that rest in your hands to these bead makers and venders. 

BUT LET US NOT FORGET
 Recently, on the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust, Fr Michael wrote from the UK that he had dedicated a Mass to the victims. 'The theme of the day was 'Survivors, Liberation and Rebuilding Lives.' He said in his bulletin, 'This anniversary of the liberation of the extermination and concentration camps presents one of the greatest opportunities to show our respect for the survivors of Nazi persecution and mass murder, and to listen to what they can tell us about the best and the worst of human behavior.' He also remembers them by praying one of the rosaries made of these old beads.

WHY WE NEED TO REMEMBER
“And so the survivor told himself that not to remember was equivalent to becoming the enemy's accomplice: Whosoever contributes to oblivion finishes the killers work. Hence the vital necessity to bear witness lest one find oneself in the enemy's camp” (from “A Plea for the Survivors” in Elie Wisel’s A Jew Today). Shared by Father Michael





~ COMMENTS ~
 ... thank you, Father John! ...
I have never seen such beautiful rosaries as I have just now seen on your website.  Too often, the attempt to produce a set of beautiful beads  that is beyond the ordinary results in schlock.  But not yours.  Everything I saw is truly beautiful and dignified.  Keep up the good work, and may God bless you today and all your days.
In Christ -Fr John L  (USA)

  ... direction of the Lord's own heart ...
 ...  these rosaries make my heart just SING, everytime I look at one .... and I don't expect it ever to melt away.  What I wouldn't give to be able to work with you all on such inspirational design projects.  I can only imagine coffee & tea ... fingers in glorious antique beads ... palms caressing crucifixes ... and spiritual interchanges with women who think and feel with the direction of the Lord's own heart.  Such a relaxing contemplation!  Rainbows to everyone  ............ Dolly C (MD)




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