The first Irish rosary beads were made using simple stones or animal horns. The peace and tranquility found in the recitation of prayer has brought calm and reflection to generations for centuries. Our handmade rosary beads are inspired by many aspects from The Book of Kells.
The Book of Kells has been dated back to somewhere around 800 AD and was made in either Iona or Kells in county Meath, right in the center of Ireland. Many historians believe that it was started off on the island of Iona in Scotland and later taken to Kells Co. Meath in Ireland for safekeeping, where it remained for several centuries.
The cross we use is a replica of the High Cross at the Monastery of Iona. This is where The Book of Kells was created around 800 AD although there has been a lot of controversy around this date it is said to be at least 1,200 years old. The source of colours used in the Book were taken from rare plants and minerals such as indigo(blue/purple), orcien(purple) and orpiment(yellow) and are reflected in the beads of our rosary beads.
In circa 1641 the Monastery at Kells Co. Meath was destroyed and the book was taken to Trinity College in Dublin where is still resides today. In fact people travel from all over the world to see the book which is on display there.
Our Book of Kells Collection is of interest to anyone who has an appreciation for spiritual strength and natural beauty and can be found at www.connemaramarble.com
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