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Brother Wolf- Joan of Arc Pendant
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St. Joan of Arc’s (1412-1431) extraordinary acts of courage in her short life of just 19 years earn her status as a cultural icon, symbolic with the word “Courage” and the national heroine of France. Her life is well documented in history and often eulogized by artists. Divinely inspired, she experienced repeated visions of St. Michael and other saints, commanding her to deliver her country from English control and to secure the throne for Charles VII and France. She played a major yet mysterious role in battle, never using arms, and while wounded she miraculously recovered. With banner in hand honoring both Jesus and Mary and signifying her divine inspiration, she led troops to victory earning her peasant family a striking coat of arms signifying her ascent into nobility and beautifully illustrated on the back of the Sanctus Collection medal.
She anticipated her capture and was tried by a mock ecclesiastical court, which convicted her of heresy and burned her at the stake, yet later she was retried and acquitted. Her name means “God is gracious”.
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Brother Wolf Religious Jewelry
There is a famous story of St. Francis and a wolf, in which the animal terrorizes the town of Gubbio. When St. Francis finds the wolf, he pleads with him to stop the violence by calling him, “Brother Wolf.”
This story is where Brother Wolf jewelry got its name. “The line originally was inspired by St. Francis and his love for animals,” says Tesauro. Brother Wolf leads the pack in offering religious-themed medallions, each designed and handcrafted to provide customers a meaningful relationship with their jewelry. Family-owned and run, Brother Wolf relies on the virtue and symbolism behind each piece it creates.
Jonathan Tesauro of the Brother Wolf family gave some insight into the inner workings of the company. “We believe in fashion with meaning and that style is a virtue. Those are the two very important aspects to Brother Wolf.”
Brother Wolf takes a truly unique approach to jewelry design. Tesauro says, “Our designer travels the world and finds inspiration from different places. Relics found in remote shops far off the beaten path will inspire a design that will then be in the line.”
When asked about the process of making the pieces, he says, “Once we have a design, we do extensive research on the saint or mystic that we’re featuring. We want to know as much as possible so that we can write the story and share it with our customers. Each handmade piece comes with a card that explains the history and meaning.”
Brother Wolf takes a unique approach to giving back as well. Each piece is associated with a different virtue and social cause. “We choose charities based on the piece that will work with us and support our mission,” says Tesauro. “For example, the Sacred Heart piece represents love and supports Mercy Corp. Our Lady of Lourdes represents hope and supports the American Heart Association.” A full list of the pieces and their charities can be found on the Brother Wolf website.
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