Yesterday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Knock, Veritas, the publishing company of the Bishops’ Conference, launched a range of exclusive jewellery to mark the 144th anniversary of the Knock Apparitions. The collection, which includes medals, lockets, pendants and bracelets, has been inspired by Our Lady and the apparitions at Knock, and is available in Veritas shops nationwide and online.
Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick and President of Veritas said, “It is my hope that these items will remind people of Knock and of the graces received from Our Lord through the intercession of Our Lady of Knock. Veritas believes that these unique and exclusive items will become favourites not only for national and international pilgrims visiting the Knock Shrine, but also as gifts for First Holy Communions and Confirmations and for the celebration of other important milestones in life such as anniversaries and birthdays.”
Veritas is an agent for Knock jewellery on behalf of Knock Shrine. Each of the nine pieces of the Knock fine jewellery collection has been crafted in sterling silver and designed to be an everlasting reminder of a blessed journey taken to the sacred pilgrimage place of Knock since 1879. All pieces carry the bespoke Knock Shrine logo and are authenticated by the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. The collection is for sale in Veritas shops nationwide (Dublin City Centre, Blanchardstown, Tallaght, Cork, Derry, Letterkenny, Limerick and Newry), by phone on +353 (1) 878 8177 and on Veritas.ie as well as the Knock Shrine Bookshop, online store knockshrine.ie/online-shop and at the Knock Museum. The collection is detailed below:
The Basilica Locket – This oval locket is engraved with the image of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland. The year 1879 is engraved on the back of this locket as a reminder of the date of the Apparition of Our Lady in Knock. This piece is crafted in sterling silver. The locket is 25 mm in size with a 16-inch chain plus a two-inch extension.
The Cross of the Chapel of Reconciliation Bracelet – This elegant bracelet has a polished cross charm and single brilliant white stone. The bracelet is inspired by the Crucifixion scene in the Chapel of Reconciliation at Knock Shrine. The single stone represents the single shaft of light that comes through the centre of the chapel, symbolising the spiritual transition from darkness into light. This bracelet is crafted in sterling silver with 14 ct gold toning. The white stone is 3 mm and set in a rubover style. The polished cross charm is 7 mm in size. The bracelet is 7 inches long with a 1-inch extension.
The Lamb at the Chapel Medal – This circular mother of pearl disc has a gold Lamb and Cross at its centre. It is inspired by the Lamb at the Apparition Chapel that is carved in brilliant white Carrara marble. The Lamb is placed in the centre of the medal, signifying its central role in the Knock Apparition of 1879. This disc is crafted in mother of pearl and sterling silver with 14 ct gold toning. The mother of pearl disc is 12 mm in size with a 16-inch sterling silver chain with 14 ct gold toning. The chain also has a 2-inch extension.
The Apparition Lamb Medal – This delicate medal depicts the Lamb and Cross, in gold, set in a halo of brilliant white stones. It is inspired by the spectacular mosaic at Knock Basilica, which depicts the Apparition scene of 1879. The halo of white stones surrounding the Lamb represents the angels that surround the Apparition Lamb in the mosaic. This necklace is crafted in sterling silver with 14 ct gold toning. The medal is 20 mm in size with a 16-inch fixed chain plus a 2-inch extension.
Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, Medal – This oval polished medal depicts Our Lady surrounded by a halo of precious white stones. The necklace is inspired by the spectacular mosaic at Knock Basilica that depicts the Apparition scene of 1879. Crafted in Italy, the mosaic is comprised of 1.5 million pieces of coloured glass and tile. This necklace is crafted in sterling silver. The medal is 12 mm in size with a 16-inch fixed chain plus a 2-inch extension.
Our Lady in the Apparition Chapel Medal – This circular polished medal has Our Lady at its centre. Inspired by the marble statue of Our Lady in the Apparition Chapel at Knock, the white stones represent the brilliant white Carrara marble carving. The year of the Apparition, 1879, is engraved on the back of the medal. This medal is crafted in sterling silver and finished with 14 ct gold toning. The medal is 10 mm in size with a 16-inch chain plus a two inch extension.
Knock Basilica Interlocking Medal – These interlocking discs are engraved with the image of the iconic Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, and the year 1879. The piece is created as a reminder of the link between the early pilgrims who came to Knock in 1879 and those who continue to follow in their footsteps. This necklace is crafted in sterling silver. The discs are 15 mm wide and 8 mm long. They are fixed to a 16-inch chain with a 2-inch extension.
Knock Basilica Bracelet – This ball-chain bracelet has a floating polished disc and is finished with a rope-effect surround. The disc on the bracelet carries an engraving of the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, on one side and an engraving of the year 1879 on the other. This understated piece is a reminder to the wearer of the spiritually uplifting and enriching experience of pilgrimage to Knock Shrine. This bracelet is crafted in sterling silver and is 7 inches long with a 1-inch extension. The disc, 6 mm in size, is finished with a rope effect detail.
The Apparition Lamb Lapel Pin (coming soon) – The lapel pin depicts the Lamb and Cross, in gold, set in a sterling silver circular surround. It is inspired by the spectacular mosaic at Knock Basilica, which depicts the Knock Apparition scene of 1879. This elegant lapel pin is perfect for formal functions and everyday wear. This piece is crafted in sterling silver with 14 ct gold toning.