“Making Roses into Jewelry”

I like old things; that is probably why the ancient art of making rose petal beads attracted me.  Not many make them anymore.  I am not sure what the origins of this craft are; I seem to think it might have started in the Middle Ages, when perfuming the sometimes offensive air was a feat well admired.  Of course, rosaries were made from them in the beginning.  Roses, especially heirloom varieties, keep their scent a long time.  Roses of today have lost their scent; as the craft of making beads has almost been lost.  A dab of rose oil can revive scentless beads from time to time.   Rubbing against the skin and causing heat intensifies the pleasant fragrance for the wearer, much like the old poseys did when protecting travelers on plague ridden streets.

Making rose beads takes a lot of time and patience.  The roses must be cooked, and cooled, and cooked and cooled, several times, over the course of several days.  Then, the beads are formed and must take time to dry.  After this, they will last a generation, or more, if cared for tenderly. 

I like to take treasured keepsakes, funeral rosaries, anniversary bouquets, a special rose from a mother’s garden and turn it into something more than a dust collector on someone’s bureau.  You may see some examples of my craft at my website @www.briarrosereiki.com or @https://www.facebook.com/shirl.knobloch?ref=tn_tnmn#!/TheRoseandtheRavenJewelrydesignedbyShirlKnobloch


About sknobloch

I am an Author, Artist, and Reiki Master and Intuitive Counselor, offering energy and guidance sessions on people and beloved pet companions. I divide my time between a Northern NJ suburb of Manhattan and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I enjoy pursuing paranormal explorations in this uniquely haunted town. Read more about me at www.briarrosereiki.com and http://shirlknoblochwillowfineartprintsandphotography.zenfolio.com/ All writings and photos © Shirl Knobloch.......no unauthorized copying or use permitted without written permission from the author and photographer, Shirl Knobloch.
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One Response to “Making Roses into Jewelry”

  1. rlogan1155 says:

    Never heard of rose beads, they sound interesting. I guess that’s where the word rosary originally came from.
    Ruth from At Home on the Road

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