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How to Wear a Necklace to Complement Your Casual Outfit E-mail
Jewelry Tips and Info
Written by Ooh-la-la Beadtique   
Wednesday, May 27 2015 2:50 pm

A handmade necklace is the perfect casual accessory. The right necklace won't overpower a simple outfit, but it can add some sparkle and style. These handmade necklaces are perfect for wearing on the weekends or when hitting your favorite dive bar with a few friends.



Best Necklaces for Casual Styles:

  1. Long necklaces: Long necklaces are very trendy, but many of them can overpower your jeans and T-shirt combo. To wear necklaces casually, look for thin, delicate chains and opt for novelty pendants. A cool peace sign hanging from an uncomplicated silver chain will add your personality to an outfit without being overwhelming. Stick with pendants that mean something to you when crafting a casual look.
  2. Short necklaces: Short necklaces frame your face with sparkle and color. Some short necklaces add too much shine to a casual ensemble, however. When shopping for short necklaces to pair with jeans, consider simple necklaces with understated designs. Delicate link chains with small pendants will accessorize T-shirts without being overwhelming.
  3. Layering: Layering jewelry is often the best way to achieve the look you desire. Layering several necklaces can create a fun look for a formal event or cocktail party, but loads of necklaces may be too much for most casual settings. You can still layer necklaces when dressing casually, however. Choose necklaces with minimal design and layer pieces in the same design family. Three pretty gold chain necklaces with small and unassuming pendants will add just the right amount of trendy sparkle to an informal outfit.
  4. Beads: Beaded necklaces are very versatile. When accessorizing jeans and cargo pants, choose necklaces with petite beads. Many necklaces feature just a few beads evenly spaced on a simple chain. These necklaces are perfect for wearing with casual ensembles.


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Saint Benedict Chaplet E-mail
Christian Jewelry Info
Written by Ooh-la-la Beadtique   
Tuesday, March 25 2014 7:43 pm

How to pray the Chaplet of Saint Benedict of Nursia:

1. On the Cross (if present), make the Sign of the Cross

2. On each of the nine beads, pray 1 Hail Mary:

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

3. On the medal, pray:

Glorious St. Benedict who taught us the way to religious perfection by the practice of self conquest, mortification, humility, obedience, prayer, silence, retirement and detachment from the world, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need under your special protection.

(State your intention here)

Vouchsafe to recommend it to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.  Above all, obtain for me the grace to one day meet God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the angels and saints, to praise Him through all eternity.
O most powerful St. Benedict, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of winning my way to heaven, there to worship and enjoy the most holy and adorable Trinity forever. Amen


The Saint Benedict Medal

The Saint Benedict Medal is a Catholic sacramental medal containing symbols and text related to the life of Saint Benedict of Nursia. The medal is one of the oldest and most honored medals used by Catholics and due to the belief in its power against evil is also known as the "devil-chasing medal". It has been used to ward off spiritual and physical dangers, especially those related to evil, poison, and temptation.

On the front of the medal is Saint Benedict holding a cross in one hand, the object of his devotion, and in the other hand his rule for monasteries. In the back is a poisoned cup, in reference to the legend of Benedict, which explains that hostile monks attempted to poison him: the cup containing poisoned wine shattered when the saint made the sign of the cross over it (and a raven carried away a poisoned loaf of bread). Above the cup are the words Crux sancti patris Benedicti ("The Cross of [our] Holy Father Benedict"). Surrounding the figure of Saint Benedict are the words Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur! ("May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death"), since he was always regarded by the Benedictines as the patron of a happy death.

On the back is a cross, containing the letters C S S M L - N D S M D, initials of the words Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Non draco sit mihi dux! ("May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my overlord!").The large C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti ("The Cross of [our] Holy Father Benedict"). Surrounding the back of the medal are the letters V R S N S M V - S M Q L I V B, in reference to Vade retro satana: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! ("Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!") and finally, located at the top is the word PAX which means "peace".


About Saint Benedict of Nursia (480-550 A.D.)


St. Benedict, the Father of Western monasticism and brother of Scholastica, is considered the patron of speliologists (cave explorers). He was born in Nursia, Italy and educated in Rome. He was repelled by the vices of the city and in about the year 500, fled to Enfide, thirty miles away. He decided to live the life of a hermit and settled at the mountainous Subiaco, where he lived in a cave for three years, fed by a monk named Romanus. Despite Benedict's desire for solitude, his holiness and austerities became known and he was asked to be their abbot by a community of monks at Vicovaro. He accepted, but when the monks resisted his strict rule and tried to poison him, he returned to Subiaco and became a center of spirituality and learning. He left suddenly, reportedly because of the efforts of a neighboring priest, Florentius, to undermine his work, and in about 525, settled at Monte Cassino. He destroyed a pagan temple to Apollo on its crest, brought the people of the neighboring area back to Christianity, and in about 530 began to build the monastery that was to be the birthplace of Western monasticism. Soon disciples again flocked to him as his reputation for holiness, wisdom, and miracles spread far and wide. He organized the monks into a single monastic community and wrote his famous Rule prescribing common sense, a life of moderate asceticism, prayer, study, and work, and community life under one superior. It stressed obedience, stability, zeal, and had the Divine Office as the center of monastic life; it was to affect spiritual and monastic life in the West for centuries to come. While ruling his monks (most of whom, including Benedict, were not ordained), he counseled rulers and Popes, ministered to the poor and destitute about him, and tried to repair the ravages of the Lombard Totila's invasion. He died at Monte Cassino on March 21 and was named patron protector of Europe by Pope Paul VI in 1964. His feast day is July 11.

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