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Trésor Bleu Original Design
This medal is hand-crafted, in the time-honored small batch technique of vitreous enameling, made popular in Europe in the mid century. Glass is fused onto silver, with the brightness of the silver shining through the colored glass with an etherial, light-through-stained-glass appearance. Vitreous enameling was made famous by artisans like Fabergé and Lalique, and also became popular on Catholic Medals of Pilgrimage which peaked in the 1930s-1950s.
This medal depicts the classic Cross of St. Benedict, a design from 1100 AD. On the arms of the cross of Saint Benedict are the initial letters of a rhythmic Latin prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux. Nunquam draco sit mihi dux (May the holy cross be my light - May the dragon never be my guide). In the angles of the cross, the letters C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The cross of our holy father Benedict). Saint Benedict of Nursia was a founder of Christian monastic communities and a rule giver for monks living in community. He is patron saint of many things, especially warding off negative spirits.
Medal is 2 cm in diameter, just under the size of a quarter. This medal hangs from a 1mm wheat chain in silver with an adjustable silicon ball. It can be adjusted from neck-hugging choker up to 20 inches in length. See photos for detail. Both the medal and chain are 925 silver and have a rhodium coating to resist tarnishing. Note that since medal is glass, it can crack or chip if dropped or mishandled. Please use care when handling, keep away from harsh chemicals and perfumes.
All trésors bleu are pre-packaged for gifting and shipping is free within the U.S. Note: due to these items being made in small batches, allow 1-3 weeks shipping time.
Complimentary Gift Boxing is included on all Trésor Bleu Orders. A reusable box, tied off with a white grosgrain ribbon. An information sheet of known origin, date and authenticity is included with every order. Trésors Bleu are meant to be gifted, even to yourself. A complimentary gift box is included with every order. Shipping within the U.S. is free with all orders. Trésor Bleu ships worldwide.
St. Benedict Medal - Brun Ambré