St. Sebastian is a very popular patron saint as he is the patron saint of Athletes and Soldiers. Due to his unwaiving commitment to Christ and the courageous way he faced his martyrdom, he serves as an example of true love of God. He is usually depicted standing in front of a tree with an arrow pierced through him.
Here are the answers to the questions we get every single day.
All the catholic jewelry sold on our site will be sized including the loop at the top of the medal.
When shopping for jewelry, consider personal preferences and body size. The taller the person the larger the pendant they can wear without seeming out of proportion.
So how do you know what size to pick when purchasing a pendant online? See below for a quick guide
CHARM SIZE: Babies, Children, and Small Charms
These are tiny pendants and are an excellent choice for small children or those looking to add a charm size devotional to an existing pendant. These medals are typically no larger than your pinky nail or US coin dime size.
Common pendant heights include 3/8 inch, ½ inch, and ¼ inch height.
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZE: Women and Teens
The majority of pendants fall into the small to medium size range and are most commonly worn by women, older adolescents, and teen girls.
For small pendants, think of a pendant that is a bit smaller than a dime. Common pendant heights include 9/16th and 5/8 inch height.
A medium sized medal is preferred by most women, youth boys and teen girls. Common sizes include 11/16 inch, 13/16 inch, 3/4 inch and 7/8 inch heights. These pendants are very close in size to a US nickel coin.
LARGE: Men (and women that prefer larger jewelry)
If the pendant is one inch or more in height it is considered large enough for a man to wear. The larger/taller the man, the larger he may prefer to wear his jewelry, so be sure to get out a ruler if you are unsure.
Where do you prefer to wear your devotional jewelry? On display for everyone to see or tucked into your shirt, closer to your heart? There is no right or wrong way to wear your crucifix or miraculous jewelry, what makes you feel comfortable is the right choice.
Our necklaces are displayed in total length in inches. The shorter the length the higher up on our chest the pendant will sit.
Children and youth: A 16-inch chain is appropriate to wear for a first communion age child. If younger, consider a 13 inch.
Women: If you like your pendant to sit just below your neck and visible with most tops, select an 18-inch chain. If you are a woman and prefer a longer chain that will not be visible with most tops, choose a 20 inch or longer. Please note, the taller or larger your body type, the longer your chain to fit around your neck.
Teen Boys: Many teens wear a shorter chain for two reasons, they are a bit smaller in size or they want to make sure the pendant is visible to others. Teen boys do well with 18 inches (very high up, close to the neck), 20 inches (below the collarbone) and 24 inches (by the breastbone).
Men: Many Catholic men will choose to wear a Miraculous medal or a crucifix tucked inside their shirt and to have it rest between their color bone, near to their heart. For this look, we suggest a 24-inch chain or longer. Most men will be able to put a 24-inch chain over their head (if you are a larger man, you may need to consider a slightly longer chain).
27-inch to 30-inch necklace is extra-long and many larger men prefer these lengths for their devotional jewelry so they can easily put them over their heads without having to open and close a clasp.
For the perfect fit, take a moment a measure the circumference of your neck, especially if you intend to purchase a shorter choker length (16” or less). With a soft tape measure, wrap the tape measure around your neck, note the measurement and then add two inches to that. This is the shortest chain option you should consider, and it will be above the collarbone.
Consider Your Pendant Size
Balance is important when selecting a chain length. A small pendant will look odd with a long bulky chain and a large pendant should be worn with a chain heavy enough to maintain the pendant and chain without breaking.
For more detailed explanation on choosing the correct length take a look at Necklace Length Guide
Sterling Silver Chain
Our sterling silver chains are genuine .925 sterling silver chains. A .925 stamp guarantees that the chains are 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% copper. Copper is added to strengthen the metal as silver itself is too soft for jewelry. Adding a bit of copper creates a durable material without compromising the color.
Added bonus! Our sterling silver chains are tarnish-resistant because they include a very thin top layer of rhodium. Rhodium is a very precious metal (more so than gold) and a few microns of this material is added to coat the sterling silver chains so that they look lustrous and will not tarnish.
**NEVER CLEAN YOUR STERLING SILVER WITH CAUSTIC SUBSTANCES. Only use mild dish soap for cleaning.
Rhodium Plated Chain
A rhodium Plated chain is a perfect match for your sterling silver pendant. Our brass chains are layered in a thin coating of Rhodium (just a few microns) and are transformed into a lustrous silver-tone with tarnish resistant properties. This is a great option for your pendant as it keeps costs down without compromising on quality.
** NEVER CLEAN YOUR RHODIUM PLATED CHAINS WITH CAUSTIC SUBSTANCES. Only use mild dish soap for cleaning.
Gold Plated Chain
A Gold-plated chain has the look of gold with value pricing. The chain's base metal (typically brass, copper or other metals) is coated with a very thin layer of gold by using an electrochemical process.
Please note, over time, a gold-plated chain may wear off as it comes in contact with a person's skin or pollutants.
Gold Filled Chain
Although more expensive, a gold-filled chain wears just like gold and will not wear off.
Solid gold is bonded to a base metal chain. The heat and pressure of the bonding process fuse the base metal to the gold for a lasting combination.
Gold-filled chains are stamped with their gold percentage. Our gold-filled chains are 14KT gold-filled, or 10KT or 12KT.
14 karat Gold-filled jewelry looks just like 14 karat solid gold jewelry, but it is a fraction of the cost.
With 14 karat gold jewelry being so expensive many of us are opting for the gold-filled versions of our favorite devotional jewelry. (don't confuse gold filled with gold plated as they are very different)
In simple terms, a gold-filled piece of jewelry has a thick layer of gold on the back and the front of the pendant. The two 14 karat gold layers are bonded together over a base metal. A gold-filled pendant will use less gold, so it costs less but looks just as good.
When you purchase a gold-filled pendant from the Catholic Faith Store, here's what you can expect;
It looks like gold, it wears like gold and that is because the outer layer is 14K (or 12KT) gold!
For more detailed information on 14K gold, gold-filled and gold-plated, take a look at What’s the Difference Between 14KT, Gold-Filled, and Gold Plated?
Rhodium is a very precious metal that can cost much more than gold and platinum!
By itself rhodium is generally not considered a feasible material to make jewelry from, because it is stressed & brittle, and very difficult to "work" properly for jewelry making. But Rhodium is fabulous as a plating for jewelry because it is glitteringly, dazzlingly, white and mirror-like. It's like chrome, but much whiter, and one of the most reflective of metals there is.
The majority of our silver colored chains (brass and sterling silver) are plated with rhodium to give them a protective layer that matches with the jewelry, and is very hypoallergenic.
Our 'high shine' jewelry pendants and charms are typically plated with a thick layer of rhodium to get that mirror-like finish that can't be achieved with sterling silver alone.
Sterling Silver History
Experts believe that silver alloy, used today as sterling silver, originated in continental Europe in the 12th century. Pure silver was found to be a soft and easily damageable material. When combined with other metals, most commonly cooper, it produced a tougher material that could be heavily relied on. Throughout the next few centuries, Sterling Silver was used as currency and for household items. It was often used as silverware and became the material used in a proper table setting between 1840 and 1940 throughout the United States and Europe. Because of this popularity, silver companies began to grow. During this craze, companies began to experiment using Sterling Silver compositions in jewelry, as it was a material that was easy to mold into intricate designs and gave a luxurious look with its metallic finish.
Sterling Silver Composition
While pure silver can be combined with many different types of metals, Sterling Silver is created when combining pure silver with copper. Sterling Silver jewelry can be composed with different amounts of copper but is most often seen with the .925 stamp, meaning that the composition is of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. This has been found to be a good combination for maintaining the silver's durability without harming its sparkle.
Sterling Silver Cleaning Instructions
Other things to remember: When not wearing your sterling silver jewelry, keep it in an air-tight container or zip lock bag. Avoid household clean products getting in contact with the jewelry. And take off your jewelry when you swim, shower or are washing dishes.
For a more detailed explanation see 5 Easy-To-Follow Steps for Cleaning Your Sterling Silver Jewelry
|07/27/2022Anonymous - Verified Customer
Very happy with the salesman and the sales process,. Will make another purchase when the need arises.
|03/08/2022G Schulte - Verified Customer
My son loves it!
|04/02/2021J Mullahon - Verified Customer
It’s my grandson’s chosen Saint and engraved with his name and date of confirmation. He will love it and always be able to recall this special occasion he shared with his twin brother.
|02/05/2021L Yeager - Verified Customer
Very good detail and high quality. I definately reccommend this necklace...
|12/26/2019F Spoor - Verified Customer
|05/15/2019F McDonough - Verified Customer
Nice quality & the engraving on the back was perfect.
|02/17/2018T Poshadlo - Verified Customer
This was absolutely beautiful! We got so many compliments on it. The engraving was beautiful. Very happy with the product.
|05/23/2017S Sora - Verified Customer
very nice as a gift for my grandson.
|04/26/2017M Gordon - Verified Customer
Our grand daughter loved this for her First Holy Communion - very nicely made and the size was perfect for a young lady. Engraving was perfect
|11/08/2016J Dominguez - Verified Customer
|05/17/2016J Weber - Verified Customer
|05/03/2016S Dentlinger - Verified Customer
The quality of the chain, the medal, the clasps are all top-notch! Very satisfied! The only thing that I was slightly disappointed in was the engraving. It seems very superficial - I'm concerned that after time it might become illegible.
|03/25/2016R Zupan - Verified Customer
|01/01/2016P Anderson - Verified Customer
It came exactly as ordered in a timely manner. The medal and chain were even more beautiful than pictured! Our grandson was thrilled.
|12/10/2015S Hayunga - Verified Customer
|08/24/2013E Martin - Verified Customer
|04/09/2013S Pogorelec - Verified Customer
Received in excellent condition and received next day. Thanks!
|04/07/2012M Andersen - Verified Customer
Beautiful medal for a special occasion. Was exactly as pictured on the site.
|07/06/2011S Rollins - Verified Customer
I was delighted with the medal. Exactly as described and even more delighted that the medal arrived on the date I needed it for. My son was very happy on his Confirmation. Very happy with the customer service and have recommended you to others. Better than buying in Australia. Thankyou
|06/21/2011E Hewat - Verified Customer
|05/24/2011V Dewar - Verified Customer
Very nice, clear engraving. Great quality medal and necklace. I love that the jump ring attaching the medal to the necklace is soldered, but I do wish that the jump rings attaching the clasp to the necklace were also soldered. I won't allow my son to wear his gift until I get it soldered. My other son lost his 1st Communion gift last year because of this (from a different company). That being said, I think that the product I ordered from you is of a better quality than other gifts I've ordered in the past from other companies. Thank you!
|04/13/2011S Deal - Verified Customer
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|12/08/2009B Conner - Verified Customer
Actually, very good. Arrived well on time, and for that we thank you. AA
|07/28/2009A Alexander - Verified Customer
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