Care for Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski crystals from Austria are truly beautiful and with a little special care, will be beautiful for years to come.

Avoid knocking your Swarovski crystals against other objects. Be gentle when you are holding them. If you bang them into another hard object, you risk scratching the crystals or even chipping them.

Swarovski

Store your Swarovski crystal rosary in a velvet-like soft pouch to protect its finish from getting scratched.

Avoid getting soaps and other products on the crystals because the chemicals in the products will wear away at the metallic coating on the Swarovski crystal over time, causing it to lose its sparkle.

Polish crystals frequently using a soft, lint-free cloth. This will help the crystals maintain their sparkle and dazzling brilliance. You may dab small amounts of lukewarm water on the crystals as you polish to help remove fingerprints.

Under no circumstances should any abrasive or corrosive detergents be used to clean the crystals. Glass or window-cleaning fluids should also be avoided.

 

October is the Ideal Month to Pray the Rosary

Mary with RosaryOctober 7th was the Feast of the Lady of the Rosary and so October is generally known as the month of the Rosary.

What better way to celebrate than to take some time to pray the holy rosary?

You’ll find instructions for how to pray the rosary on this site, as well as beautiful rosaries to buy if you need a new one (sorry, I couldn’t resist). But in this day and age, there are new technologies to help too. I’ve already highlighted a couple of mobile apps for praying the rosary.

I recently ran across an interactive rosary online that is very easy to use . You don’t even need to have a rosary in hand. You simply follow the instructions on the screen, click the rosary elements, and the respective prayer appears on the right side of the screen. It even knows the day of the week and presents you with the appropriate Glorious Mystery.

It’s perfect for a quiet lunch break at your desk or some peaceful “me” time away from the kids. So no excuses like, “I forgot my rosary,” or “my phone is low on battery.” Click on over to the interactive rosary and celebrate the holy rosary.

Interactive Rosary

What Color is Your Rosary?

RainbowSo far at The Rosary Boutique, we’ve made one custom rosary design to launch our website. It’s my favorite color — blue. Add some sparkling silver strands around the Pater beads and it’s definitely a favorite of mine. But now I need to start making some more custom rosaries and am struggling with selecting the color and style for the next custom rosary.

There are so many beautiful beads available — from Swarvoski Crystals, Czech Fire-polished, and glass beads to gemstone, crystal, and even handmade lampwork beads. There’s every color of the rainbow and even some with multi-colors. It’s so hard to pick the next one to make.

So I thought I would ask for your help. What color is your rosary? And if you were going to buy another rosary, what color or style would you buy? Give me your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Pray the Rosary – There’s an App for That

iPhone with RosaryIf you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you no doubt have downloaded applications to your phone. The Apple’s app store offers more than 200,000 apps and the newer Android Market’s apps number close to 50,000. There are apps for communications, health, finance, news, travel, sports, social media and many more. There’s an app to do just about anything you want. You may not have noticed yet that there are several Catholic apps available to pray the rosary.

The two best Catholic apps I have seen are Catholic Mass Daily Readings by Aycka Software and Rosary by Artur Polit. Both of these apps are free and both will help you pray the rosary, step-by-step. They include the prayers for all the Mysteries — Glorious, Joyful, Luminous, and Sorrowful — along with the appropriate days for praying each. No forgetting where you are and no referring to a booklet for the prayers.  Perhaps the best part of these apps is that it’s always with you, in your pocket or purse, available anytime to pray the rosary.

MassReadings RosaryYou don’t need a rosary to use these apps, but call me old fashioned, I recommend you hold a rosary as you follow along. There is something contemplative with holding a beautiful rosary as you advance along in your prayer.

So visit the app store on your phone to try one of the free rosary apps and visit The Rosary Boutique to buy a beautiful new rosary to complement it.

Just be sure to silence your phone as you pray the rosary.