I went to the Cathedral gift shop to buy a new rosary yesterday, and I have to admit that I didn’t find one that I genuinely liked. I bought one anyway, because I lost my old one, but I don’t find the one I bought aesthetically pleasing. Here’s what I think a nice rosary looks like:
Matte - I don’t like shiny reflective beads. They should be matte.
Smooth - I don’t want multi-faceted, jewel-like beads.
Stone - I like nice heavy stone beads. Plastic feels cheap. Glass or jewels seem too ornate. Wood looks too much like the Buddhist meditation beads that so many people have here, and I want my rosary to be obviously Catholic.
Silver or steel - I don’t like the look of gold.
Matte - it feels wrong to have a shiny polished-looking crucifix, to me.
Well-made - I should be able to recognize Christ on the cross. So many crucifixes look like a cross with a human-shaped blob on them.
The color doesn’t much matter to me, but so far both my rosaries have been sea-green.
I should be able to feel the beads clearly - they shouldn’t run together.
Well, I didn’t find a rosary that I liked (I know, I’m picky) so I had to compromise. I went with a green rosary with matte plastic beads and a crucifix that’s not shiny, but Christ’s shape is barely discernable on it.
I’m going to get another one in a few months, when I go to the Philippines to see my boyfriend again. I might ask my boyfriend to get one for me - he has excellent taste in clothes, jewelry, and interior design, so I have no doubt that he’d pick out exactly the kind of rosary I’d like.
So, what do you look for when you’re buying (or making) a rosary? Are you as picky as I am?