This unique 7″ stretch rosary bracelet from Italy is made with ten 6mm ceramic “Lady Bug” (Ladybug) shaped beads, one for each of the ten beads of a decade of the rosary. Beads are interspersed with tiny silver tone rosebuds. A 5/8″ silver tone cross marks the beginning and the end of the decade.
What is the significance of the lady bug (ladybug) beads? During the Middle Ages a plague of small insects attacked crops in Europe and threatened starvation. The people turned to the Blessed Mother and asked her to intercede for them. A cloud of tiny red-orange insects speckled with black arrived and devoured the pests, saving the crops. In gratitude, the people called the insects “Our Lady’s Beetle” and today we call them “Ladybugs”.
The bright red shell of the Ladybug reminds us of the red cloak the Virgin Mary is often seen in religious paintings; the seven black spots on the shell are a reminder of the Seven Joys and Seven Sorrows of Mary.
This rosary bracelet is a beautiful gift to give to women and girls alike. It comes gift boxed with a laminated card of Mary and the Rosary on the front and a list of the Mysteries of the Rosary on the back. This is beautiful way to pray the rosary and to ask the Blessed Mother’s intercession.