About Cygnea Cantio
In addition to creating the custom Rosaries shown here, I'm a member of Our Lady's Rosary Makers and make Mission Rosaries, to send to international communities in need. I'm happy to do custom work. You can view previously sold Rosaries here, and contact me with your query.
Above: Mission Rosaries for OLRM. You can learn more about them here.
My path towards beginning to create Rosaries has been gradual, I just had to become aware of the signs! After my Father's passing in 2008, I began to collect beads- with no clear use or purpose for them! My bead collection sat organized in boxes until the summer of 2019, when I returned to the Church and decided that I'd like to make my own Rosary. Out of that dusty box I pulled my bead trays, and set to work. After that first Rosary, I felt called to craft more, to start making Mission Rosaries, and to do repairs and custom work for my Parish.
Liturgical art, nature and music greatly influence the colors and design of my Rosaries. I enjoy researching and studying Catholic art, and in my past travels, have been able to see many great works in person. All Rosaries are beautiful- from the simple to the complex. An amazing transformation occurs with each and every Rosary I make, when I attach the final piece- the Crucifix. A pile of beads and wire then becomes a spiritual weapon.
I live on a small homestead farm, where I enjoy growing my own food, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Southeastern Appalachians. This website also features products produced on my farm, which is a registered St. Kateri Habitat.
I enjoy working with a wide variety of materials, especially natural gemstones, bronze, and iridescent electroplated beads. I can craft several styles of Rosaries- knotted cord, strung wire, and linked wire, but my go-to style for my decorative Rosaries inspired by art, it strung wire, because I can include numerous decorative color and textural accents that relate the Rosary to the art inspiration.
Below, one of the first Rosaries I made back in 2019, this one was inspired by St. Hildegard of Bingen. This is one of my personal Rosaries.
The Rosary was a meaningful devotion to my Great Grandmother (below), especially during the thirteen years she raised my Grandfather as a "white widow" in Northeastern Italy. My Grandfather, baptized Dante Giuseppe Rosario, was born on the first day of the month of Our Lady of the Rosary. My Great Grandfather left for the United States in 1914, when my Grandfather was only four months old. The family wasn't reunited until 1927.