I was asked to make the rosary that would be presented to our new Pope Francis as a gift from the United States Government. I was honored and amazed. Although I won't make another one just exactly like it, I have made a very similar one. This is one version of it. Truly a family heirloom. 8mm Koa beads with 12mm Our Father beads.
Koa is no longer available to me through the only supplier (that I know of) in the Islands. My friend, Matt Medeiros (who made the box for the Pope), said he would make some for us. The cost went up, I know, but I want to be able to make it worth while to Matt.
Made with Koa Wood which is a wood indigenous to Hawaii with sterling silver accents and Argentium Sterling wire. The Hail Mary beads are 8mm; the Our Father beads are 12mm.