I carry a few variations of these pendants on the site but the German Alpacca pendants are by far my favorite. Coming from a world where everything is cast out of an original, it was a real treat finding the Originals. All pieces are struck, not cast and in this difference lies the Details that makes these pendants beautiful.
These are the best medals I have ever seen and my private collection has 1 of each that I sell. I am truly hoping that I can keep getting these pendants on a long-term basis but all great findings eventually dwindle down to nothing. If you want a nice, quality, beautiful, and sturdy pendant; the German Alpacca pendants are your best choice.
Alpacca Silver 5/8" (16 mm) German
The Front Side • Mary stands on a globe, crushing a serpent beneath her feet. Describing the original vision, Catherine said the Blessed Mother appeared radiant as a sunrise, "in all her perfect beauty." • Rays shoot out from Mary's hands, which she told Catherine, "... symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them." • Words from the vision form an oval frame around Mary: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." Seen as a matrix, the elements of the front design encapsulate major Marian tenets:
Quality of Our Lady As Illustrated by the Medal • Mother Her open arms, the "recourse" we have in her • Immaculate The words, "conceived without sin" • Assumed into Heaven She stands on the globe • Mediatrix Rays from her hands symbolizing "graces" • Our Protection Crushes the serpent (Gn. 3:15)
The Reverse Side • A cross-and-bar surmounts a large, bold "M" • 12 stars disperse around the perimeter • Two hearts are depicted underneath the "M," the left lapped with a crown of thorns, the right skewed by a sword. Fro m each, a flame emanates from the top. Again, employing a grid analysis, we can see how the reverse-side design contains great symbolism reflecting major tenets of the Catholic faith.
Design Element and its Catholic Meaning • The large letter "M" — Mary as Mother, Mediatrix. • Cross and bar — Jesus' cross of Redemption. • 12 stars — 12 Apostles, who formed the first Church. • Left Heart — The Sacred Heart, who died for our sins. • Right Heart — The Immaculate Heart, who intercedes for us. • Flames — The burning love Jesus and Mary have for us.
Nov 2, 2017 by launalola
Love this so much. Beautiful and unique. Fast shipping. Thank you!
Apr 10, 2017 by Angela F
Apr 5, 2017 by Meganrose
Wow! Stunning and beautiful. Amazing detail.
Mar 14, 2017 by LamontGlen
Beautiful! Thank you! Fast shipping and great service!
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