With my liturgically correct purple dress (Coldwater Creek), which I've had for years, and lilac-colored chapel veil (Veils by Lily), which was a Christmas gift from my husband, on this second Sunday of Lent I wore a golden cross that has a Nativity Stone inside its center.
The Nativity Stones Collection, who contacted me recently, after finding me through this blog, and offered to send me a Classic Nativity Stones Cross (one of the many beautiful designs offered by their company). Their only request was that if I liked it and felt it was something I would be willing to share with my readers, I would write a blog post about it. Well, dear readers, to say that I like it is quite the understatement. I absolutely love it! Layered in 18K gold, it is both an inspiring sacramental and an extraordinarily beautiful piece of jewelry--and I will be proud to wear it myself and spread the word about the company that created it to others.
|The Classic Nativity Cross, which is about 1 and 3/4" long, and hangs from a thick 22" chain. |
Isn't it stunning? (There is a petite version of this design,
which would be perfect for your favorite First Communicant.)
You might be wondering why anyone would authorize the removal of even one stone from the sacred birthplace of Our Lord. Apparently, an amateur archaeologist named Stanley Slotkin was vising the Cave of the Nativity in 1963 and noticed that a portion of the inside wall was being removed. He learned that this one-time excavation was being done for the purpose of making another exit for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the site. Slotkin asked the Mayor of Bethlehem if he could have the stones from the excavation, and the Mayor agreed and had them sent to the United States. Initially, Slotkin gave away many crosses containing bits of Nativity Stones to various charities and terminally ill patients, as a way of spreading faith in Jesus; then more recently, his family decided to make them available to a wider audience through Nativity Stones jewelry. These precious pieces are rare and limited in number, and they are sure to become heirlooms in your family.
What touched me most, when I received the first email from a representative of the Nativity Stones company, was this sentence: "We also sell in different retail stores, but we always try and reach more believers." I am truly humbled that my blog was considered a way to do this; and any company that is more interested in reaching the faithful and spreading devotion to Jesus than in making money is quite all right by me!
If you are interested in giving a Nativity Stones Cross to a loved one (or to yourself!) as an Easter present, the company has graciously offered readers of String of Pearls a special Easter discount. If you use the coupon code FAITH15, you will be able to purchase these unique and beautiful symbols of our Catholic Faith at 15% off the regular retail prices.
So go visit this wonderful site, and take advantage of this special Easter offer by using the coupon code FAITH15. When your Nativity Stones Cross comes in the mail, I am absolutely sure that you will love it and wear it with joy.
Now head on over to the link-up, for more Sunday fashions that'll inspire you.