Sunday, August 26, 2012


I love the center of this rosary.  It's a Flaming Sacred Heart of Jesus with a crown of thorns on one side and Marie on the other with a crown of roses.  The crucifix is also intricately detailed.  The beads are, "opaline," which means glass. 

Friday, August 24, 2012


 Newly listed to Metal Corset are these Immaculate Conception assemblage earrings.

These earrings start with two Art Deco silver paste dove connectors which suspend vintage faux pearls, antique silver paste rondelle, and a silver filigree capped hand carved antique pre ban ivory Pikake flower.

Finally, an antique pewter reproduction Flaming Sacred Heart ex voto and a double sided glass locket encapsulates imagery from antique Holy cards. All this suspends from hand forged sterling silver earring wires.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Here are two sets of extremely rare antique French Jeanne d'Arc pocket shrines.  Each one is different and unique in its own way.  Both are extremely detailed all the way down to the helmets and swords.  The top figure is engraved JNE D'ARC.  Both shrines are stamped France.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Newly listed to Metal Corset is this reproduction Flaming Sacred Heart Holy water reliquary vessel and Art Deco sterling silver marcasite locket. 

Monday, August 20, 2012


Newly listed to Metal Corset II is this amazing antique reliquary from France. 

Inside the convex glass are 2 sterling silver relics.  The first, The Lamb of God and the second, Notre Dame (translated to "Our Lady" in French).

This reliquary is bezel set in brass.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I found this amazing French Jeanne d'Arc reliquary.  It's from the 1800s and will soon be featured in an assemblage necklace.  So, keep a weathered eye on Metal Corset. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Antique French Gold Gilt Flaming Sacred Heart Reliquary Ex Votos

Newly listed to Metal Corset II are these 3 antique French gold gilt Flaming Sacred Heart Reliquary ex votos.  Check 'em out!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Antique French Flaming Sacred Heart Ex Votos

Newly listed to Metal Corset II are these beautiful antique French Flaming Heart ex voto reliquaries. So, check 'em out at


My door bell rang late Saturday night.  I couldn't understand why someone would visit me so late.  So, I turned on my porch light and looked through my peep hole to realize it was Mike a friend of one of my best friends of 29 years.  As I opened the door and greeted him I noticed a solemn expression on his face.  I asked, "What's wrong?"  He said, "I hate to be the bearer of bad news.....but Denny has died."

I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably as Mike could only stand there embracing me to provide me with some small measure of comfort.

I asked, "When, where, how?"  He explained to me that Denny's family had been trying to reach him with no success, so his father went to his house to investigate only to find him slumped over in a chair.  They believe he died last Thursday.  I learned yesterday that the autopsy report listed the cause of death to be a brain cyst. They also believe he died in his sleep and felt no pain.

The last time I saw Denny was in June and the last time I spoke with him was a few weeks ago.  I didn't know that it would be the last....  

Denny always visited me with gift in hand every Christmas and called me on my birthday and Valentine's Day of every year.  I guess what brings me a small measure of solace is that we would always end our conversations with, "I love you."

I don't know what I'll do without my friend.  My heart is breaking.  My soul, shattered.

Rest in peace my sweet Denny.  I will miss you dearly my friend.

I pray the good Lord will touch your family with His peace and love during this time of sorrow.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

l'Agneau de Dieu

-the lamb of God-

Newly listed to Metal Corset.

Under glass, this petite Flaming Sacred Heart ex voto reliquary holds an image from an antique lace Holy card of The Blessed Virgin embracing a lamb. She wears an antique paste rhinestone charm for a crown. Behind her, a snippet of antique lace resembles clouds.

I've strung faux pearls from an old necklace and two antique paste rhinestone disc beads (from EmbellissezLaReine) to form the necklace. It closes with a vintage silver tone slide clasp.