Hello & Welcome to Simple Rosaries!
My business is not my own originally, and is actually the continuation of a family business. Simple Rosaries began in early 2018, but my mother, Gayle Robertson-Murphy, began her business, Queen of Peace Rosaries, in August of 1999.
One day, Gayle became frustrated when another one of her rosaries was torn apart by her young children (Sorry, mom!). Most rosaries she had bought in the past were poorly constructed, breaking easily and quickly. Her collection of broken rosaries grew in her bedside table, waiting to be repaired. The beads came unhooked, the chains were weak, the jump rings came loose, and their appearance looked "machine-made". Her rosaries just weren't the unique, beautiful, or conducive to prayer rosaries she wanted.
Does this story sound familiar?
Armed with cheap beads and wire, Gayle began to spend the following months twisting and turning wire until she made a method that she could really yank without the beads scattering across the floor. This method of wire-wrapping began her company, Queen of Peace Rosaries. Over time, she decided to use finer materials such as gold, silver, and bronze, creating fine, durable, jewelry-quality, heirloom rosary beads. She wanted to make sure her rosaries would last a lifetime, being passed down from generation to generation, and as a result, she sold her rosaries all around the globe for 15 years.
As I grew up, I learned how my mother made rosaries. Weekend afternoons for me were spent beading a few rosaries while my mom wire-wrapped nearby. I received a special rosary from my mother on my First Eucharist, and that rosary remains unbroken to this day! I share my mother's strong desire to create something with my hands, and after college graduation in 2014, I began wire-wrapping rosaries, too. Unfortunately, Gayle passed away in December of 2016. There were boxes upon boxes of beads and materials, and I felt the call to continue her mother's beloved rosary business. My mother's faith and her love for the rosary inspired me to continue this legacy of sharing the rosary with people around the world.
Marian's Original Rosary
The Process & Construction
Wire-wrapping a rosary takes approximately three to six hours, and requires six feet of wire. Each bead of the rosary is double wire-wrapped using a heavy gauge sterling silver, bronze, or gold wire. Below is an image of a typical rosary on the left and a wire-wrapped rosary made by Simple Rosaries on the right.
Typical Rosary vs. Simple Rosaries Wire-Wrapped Rosary
You can be assured that when you purchase from Simple Rosaries you will be purchasing a true heirloom, jewelry-quality rosary that is the result of years of gemstone buying and rosary construction experience. At Simple Rosaries, we select only the highest quality precious and semi-precious gemstones, pearls and crystals for use in our rosaries.
Our website is dedicated to Our Lady, Queen of Peace & St. Joseph, Our Protector.