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" (14 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.
It was shipped the day I ordered it and was delivered to me in no time at all. It's truly the most magnificent thing ever! I'm in love! And the owner is friendly as well! Thank you so much! 💛
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