If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you’ll know that I’m fascinated with enamel faith pendants. I was lucky to have caught the tail end of Ms. Daphne Osena-Paez jewelry flash sale in March last year and bought her custom-made St.Paul faith pendant.
Then I chanced upon the website of this European artist where Ms. Daphne sources some of her enamel pendants. It was truly a blessing! I shared this discovery in my blog, and learned that there were a lot of ladies out there who wishes to own an enamel faith pendant too.
And this is exactly what I love about blogging. It connects me to people who share the same interests that I have. I took notes of those who have expressed interest in ordering from the same supplier, so that I can pool our orders together and then divide the shipping fee among ourselves. That was the plan.
However, it took a good while before I was able to arrange the group purchase. I got busy at work and at other things, that’s why. But last October, me and the ladies finally did it: we placed our orders through the owner himself – Mr. Radek.
All it took was a few emails and our orders were sealed. What I wasn’t prepared for was my bill from PayPal hehe! All in all, I ordered 9 enamel pendants for 5 of us in the group. I’m very grateful to have understanding ‘group mates’ who understood it when I said that I need to pay na my credit card hehe! Takot k’se ako sa malalaking bills.
Our orders took about 3 weeks to be processed before they were shipped to Manila. We also opted for a door-to-door delivery via DHL, and agreed to split the shipping fee equally.
Aside from the shipping fee (from Czech Republic to Manila), we paid duties and taxes through DHL. No need to deal with Customs here; DHL will do it for you.
I can’t tell you how happy I was when I received our enamel pendants last week! All were painted by hand using ceramic colorants and squirrel hair brushes, then fired in a kiln to shine.
Here they are up close for you and me to marvel at. Just look at those flawless details!
P.S. I included my St. Paul pendant in the ‘photo shoot’ (it’s in the middle) for comparison. This particular one is not from Radek’s shop. I love Ms. Daphne’s colonial-inspired frame, made of 14k yellow gold, which gave it an ornate appeal without losing at all the spiritual meaning of the painted iconography.
Some of us in the group ordered regular-sized pendants, while others opted for the larger medallions. The details are more pronounced in these pendants. From left to right: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Holy Family, St. Anthony and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Can you guess which one below is mine ? =)
My St. Paul pendant with the other regular-sized pendants: Our Lady of Manaoag (left) and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (right).
The back of each pendant has the engraving “Ora pro nobis!” which is latin for “Pray for us!”.
Just to show you how precise the details were on the pendants, here’s a side-by-side picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – in large medallion (left) and regular size (right). Again, they were painted by hand. The colors, measurements, proportions and important details of the miniature paintings are intact in both sizes. Ang galing diba? You are assured of the same quality of the painting whether you are getting the bigger or smaller pendant.
Each pendant comes with a certificate from Radek Aljancic, and is stored in individual boxes.
Radek uses solid 14k yellow gold for the frames. He has both simple and ornate frames that you can choose from. The price, of course, will vary according to the amount of gold used.
Let me thank again the ladies who joined me in this group purchase plan (that was thankfully hassle-free from start to finish): my best friend Pia, Ate Jane, Tala and Mary An (who was introduced to me by Ms. Ellen).
And a BIG thank you to Mr. Radek for being patient with my questions, keeping me updated with the status of our orders and most of all, for sharing with us this rare gift of painting miniature religious icons on enameled pendants. They are truly precious.
And now, here’s a little something for those who wishes to own one of Radek’s delicately-painted miniature pendant: I will be putting one enamel faith pendant up for bid!
How’s that as a good start to your week? =)
I will be giving the details anytime this week so stay tuned!
Sorry to disappoint everyone but I decided not to push through with the bidding. I just can’t let go of the enamel pendant that I’m supposed to sell!
Those interested to join our next group buy (‘cos there’ll be another one, I’m sure of it!) can send me an email for the details.
Thanks for understanding.
All the medallions are beautiful!
I best like the frame of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Thanks Ms. Ellen! Yun yung akin, hehe!
Awww sayang! I read this too late na. I would have wanted to order a pendant too!
Ang gaganda! Naiingit na naman tuloy ako 😉
Hehe! I have to show them to you in person para mas ma-appreciate mo =)
Harsh Garg says
These enamel and Christian religious pendants are one of the best I have ever seen .They are beautifully hand crafted and have graceful designs.To purchase pendant jewellery in India, contact DWS jewelers in Jaipur.
Ramchandran Acharya says
All the enamel faith pendants are quite beautiful and elegant.Safety of this transaction (of purchasing pendants) is confirmed by the fact that it comes with a certificate from Radek Aljancic.If you want to purchase more of these pendants, you can contact Vorrafashion in Mumbai, India.
Tanya Gonzaga says
Hi, will you be pooling orders again anytime soon?
Hi Tanya, not yet.
However, I’m selling one of the pendants I bought. Check it out here: https://leahdeleon.com/2015/07/04/flash-sale-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-enamel-pendant/
michaela beneker says
My name is Michaëla Beneker. I am completely in love with the pendant of Our Lady of Manaog. I wish to buy it, is that possible, if so how much are the costs including shipping to the Netherlands. Please send me an email, so I can give further details if necessary. I hope to hear from you soon.
Hi Micaela, you can click on the link to Radek’s website found in my blog and order straight from his shop =) Thanks!
Leah! It’s 2022 and I have just come across your blog on Radek Aljancic and these beyond beautiful religious enamel medals! I can’t stop looking at the website several times a day trying to decide what medals to order! What a gift and Blessing from God! They are expensive, but I would love to order some! Are you still ordering in group purchases? Is it cheaper that way regarding discounts or reduced shipping fees? Thanks so much and God Bless! HelaineChristy
P. S.: I live in Charleston, SC, USA