A love for crafting, jewelry and design as well as being inspired by her mother’s devotion to the Catholic faith, brought Charmaine Crawford into the forefront of designing rosaries.
She contacted me a couple of months ago about photographing her gorgeous designs.
I’ve been to the Vatican twice and they have a small shop in there and I don’t remember seeing rosaries as pretty as hers. Plus, hers are handmade and the attention to detail is exquisite.
The first rosary she ever made was for her mother when she entered Hospice care. It was made with pink crackled beads, a beautiful Crucifix and a center piece of pink and green enamel. Her mother loved it so much that she was buried with it.
Knowing that others will be using the rosary to pray and that it might mean that much to them as well, inspires Crawford when she’s picking out elements and designing the jewelry pieces.
Many of them are made with Swarovski pearls and crystals or beautiful fire polished beads. All hand chosen by Crawford.
“My mom had a keen eye for beauty, and she was very much a perfectionist,” Crawford says. “Every time I work on a rosary, I think of what she would say if she looked at it. I double and triple check my rosaries for quality, color, and texture.”
Crawford was crafty from a very young age. She grew up making doll houses, drawing, crocheting, and knitting. As an adult, she began creating jewelry–initially as gifts to bring her friends and family joy.
Crawford studied at The New York Institute of Art and Design, where she received a certificate in Jewelry Crafting and Design.
She hopes that her custom rosaries will bring each family many years of blessings and that they will be passed on as family heirlooms.
Custom requests accepted. However, you can pick them up locally at:
Queen of Angels Catholic Store at 11629 San Jose Blvd, Suite 3.
Christy Whitehead Photography photographs products for all different types of companies. For Charmaine we photographed her items on a white backdrop, doing 2-3 images per item.
Some clients also have us remove the background to give a very crisp backdrop, like below.
Contact Christy for a custom quote for your own product photography or business photos at 904-891-0359, Christy@jaxphotographer.com