Whenever sterling silver comes in contact with air, over time it will tarnish or turn a dark color.
The 925 sterling silver mark indicates that the sterling silver item is composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% an alloy, which is typically copper.
In two of the St Monica medals in the Rosa Mystica Medals collection, we see a boat in the background. What is the significance of the boat?
Christian art and medals often depicts the four Evangelists by a figure: Winged Man (Matthew), Lion (Mark), Ox (Luke) and Eagle (John). Below are two medals from the Rosa Mystica Medals collection that show these representations of the four Evangelists.
The first time I saw a Black Madonna medal, my reaction was ‘Our Lady of ….what?’ The names and locations of many of the Black Madonna representations are not familiar to us; however, they represent a unique and intensely spiritual time in the life of the Catholic Church.