Image of Our Lady of Fátima with Precious Crown and Diamond Cloak. Gold, silver and precious stones

Just a few years from the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Cova da Iria, the Leitão & Irmão house contributed to this significant milestone by recreating – in silver, gold and precious stones – the famous crowned image of the chapel.

To faithfully reproduce a small image of Our Lady of Fátima, Leitão & Irmão used the original moulds – now in the possession of Luciano Thedim, nephew and pupil of José Ferreira Thedim, whose saint-making workshop is located in Nogueira da Maia.

Based on the moulds from 1920, Luciano Thedim carved, in Brazilian cedar, the same piece from the chapel of the apparitions, but in a smaller size to be reproduced as jewellery. The work to reproduce this wood sculpture in silver was done in 2012/2013 using a manufacturing technique – patented by Leitão & Irmão – which perfectly replicates the wood in silver.

The diamonds in the cloak represent the mirrors in the original image of Our Lady, in the Chapel of the Apparitions.

As regards the crown, the original 1942 mould of the Precious Crown made in the Leitão house’s workshop was also used to ensure the most faithful reproduction possible in miniature.

The Precious Crown is worn by the image of Our Lady on anniversaries of the apparitions, and is manufactured in gold with a variety of embedded precious stones. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethysts, turquoises and pearls. All of these precious materials are meticulously reproduced in the miniature replica.

All of the jewellery work to create these crowned images of Our Lady was done in the centuries-old workshop of the Leitão & Irmão house – in the exact same location where the original crowns were made in 1942.

The tradition of the Leitão & Irmão house – age-old jewellers of the crown, since the end of the 18th century – was fully reaffirmed, in 1942, with the design and completion of the crown for Our Lady of Fátima.

On 13th May 1981, after an assassination attempt in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II claimed that he was saved by Our Lady of Fátima. In Rome, in 1984, the Pope gave the bullet that hit him to the Bishop of Leiria. Curiously, when the Crown was originally manufactured in 1942, at the point where the eight half-arches come together, there is a gap that perfectly fits the bullet’s calibre, where the bullet was placed in 1989.

Technical specifications:

Sculpture manufactured in silver, gold and precious stones
Weight in silver 925/1000550g*
Weight in gold 800/10002g*
Description and number of precious stones
Diamond1
Pearl1
Crown manufactured in gold and precious stones
Weight in gold 800/100021g*
Description and number of precious stones
Amethyst1
Diamonds66
Emeralds12
Pearl1
Rubies12
Sapphires18
Turquoise1
Weight in total precious stones1,70ct*
Dimensions
Sculpture: 62 x 42 x 200 mm *
Crown: Ø 25 mm x 44 mm *

*Approximate weight and dimensions