What an unlikely couple. France and Chicago. But here they are.
This necklace is another one from my line of vintage medals mixed with other flea market finds (and some contemporary elements as well). I bought the medal in a thrift shop, not knowing till I got home that it says something on the back. It says "National Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago Illinois." Then it says "Claretian Fathers." Hhmmm.......pretty neat, I thought. I mean, who knew? I live in the midwest and had no idea that Chicago was the proud home of the National Shrine of St. Jude. Some days lately I feel like maybe I should go there! (St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes!)
Okay, so there's the Chicago part.
What about the France part?
Well, I also picked up a vintage rosary at the same thrift store ~ a bit worn, just the way I like it! And this amazing piece had a crucifix encased in a silverplate mold that says "Lourdes" on the back. Lourdes! Now we're talking France! I was really thrilled to discover it.
So, I gingerly removed some of the r-e-a-l-l-y worn white beads (now almost clear) from the rosary and incorporated them into this necklace. How blessed is that?
There's also vintage bling as well (of course). And bird charms always make me happy, somehow.
France and Chicago. I'm glad they met.
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