As one of most popular pendants, this St. Joseph of Cupertino medal is a great option for the pilot in your life as the saint is the patron of pilots, travelers and astronauts.
St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of air travelers, mental handicaps, test taking, and students. His father died before he was born and left behind debt, forcing his mother to leave their house. Joseph of Cupertino was born in a stable. Throughout his life he had to deal with many issues, such as anger and fear. He found his joy and happiness later in life and spread it to the community.
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
|01/22/2019Anonymous - Verified Customer
My husband and I bought this for a friend of ours who is currently in flight school. We had it blessed by one of the priests from our parish. The medal arrived in the time we were told it would be. It was very nicely made...the picture of St. Joseph and the words around the top and bottom of the medal were very clear and easy to read. We also ordered the chain without the clasp and that, too was nicely made. We really liked this website. It was easy to navigate and the drop down screens were a big help...i.e. suggestions on the length of chains to order for a man or a woman etc. I'm not a big fan of ordering products on line as opposed to seeing it in person so I had some reservations about buying this medal. But I honestly would recommend this company.
|09/25/2018A Siedlecki - Verified Customer
The quality of this medal is excellent and the whole order was a smooth and arrived on time.
|05/15/2018S Warwick - Verified Customer
|12/12/2016B Riley - Verified Customer
|08/23/2016H Wojewodzic - Verified Customer
|04/20/2016M Lisien - Verified Customer
|04/14/2016A Moreno - Verified Customer
|08/25/2015J Champlain - Verified Customer
|06/27/2015T Lawrence - Verified Customer
This was of great comfort to my daughter as she takes her first trip in an airplane, going to Eastern Europe. Our parish priest loved it too! Thank you...
|03/12/2015M McKee - Verified Customer
|02/26/2015A Rodriguez - Verified Customer
|10/01/2014F Staunton - Verified Customer
|09/11/2014S Heaton - Verified Customer
Awesome service!!! Medal looked great! The recipient loved it! Thank you so much!
|02/04/2014P Hotz - Verified Customer
|12/26/2013D Windle - Verified Customer
|12/06/2013B Kolp - Verified Customer
|12/01/2013M Pittman - Verified Customer
|06/09/2013T Snyder - Verified Customer
I was greatly satisfied with the quality of this pendant & its engraving upon my receipt. It is going to make a meaningful gift for my brother's USAF flight school graduation. Thank you.
|06/06/2013L Nowak - Verified Customer
|04/28/2013C Coscia - Verified Customer
Yes the Medal is magnificent but a little bigger than I expected. This is in no way a reflection on your service or product you sell, just didn't imagine it the way it was described.
|03/18/2013S Celentano - Verified Customer
|12/06/2012D Ackert - Verified Customer
I have to say the picture online looked great, hence my purchase, but when I received the product, I felt that the picture did not do it justice. Beautiful attention to detail! I would definitely recommend this product! Thank You
|12/01/2012B Martinez - Verified Customer
|06/09/2012A Dicosola - Verified Customer
I purchased this to replace one my husband received from his mother when he first joined the U.S.A.F. many years ago. I am very pleased with it and so is he!
|06/08/2012L Johnson - Verified Customer
|05/22/2012M Flynn - Verified Customer
i received the item earlier than expected. it was perfect - the inscription was very nicely done. My friend was very happy with his surprise gift as he enters pilot school!
|05/19/2012D Calleja - Verified Customer
|05/18/2012A McGuire - Verified Customer
|05/17/2012M Rocchio - Verified Customer
|04/14/2012J Cahill - Verified Customer
Everything arrived as advertised and on time.
|02/18/2012D May - Verified Customer
|12/17/2011N Loriggio - Verified Customer
|10/19/2011S Holm - Verified Customer
|09/21/2011M Castro - Verified Customer
|07/27/2010E Lebrun - Verified Customer
|07/23/2010J Nesbitt - Verified Customer
|06/21/2010M Munera - Verified Customer
I was very pleased with the medal. My nephew just started pilot training and it made him very happy to have this.
|06/18/2010K Lamphere - Verified Customer
The metal is beautiful, the only complaint is that it is getting a dirt on the back of it that is not easy to take off. Thank you!
|05/31/2010B Hurley - Verified Customer
My son, who just completed his pilot training, loves his medal~
|03/31/2010M Vaillant - Verified Customer
|03/23/2010K Kissel - Verified Customer
|01/20/2010L Walter - Verified Customer
|01/01/2010J Lay - Verified Customer
Thank you for rapid order processing. Have a blessed and prosperous 2010.
|12/11/2009L Kaltenbach - Verified Customer
Its a very beautiful item. Many thanks:)
|12/08/2009W Snow - Verified Customer
|11/11/2009D Uekmen - Verified Customer
Travelled to the Vatican and they couldn't help us but you certainly came through.
|07/08/2009C Beaudoin - Verified Customer
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|09/11/2008C Kurtz - Verified Customer
excellent customer service , thank you for all of your help researching this medal for me.
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