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St. Dunstan, patron saint of gold and silversmiths


#1

I just rescued a dog and named him after the patron saint of
jewelers. He’s half black lab and half border collie. Will be too
big for my small house and medium size dog, but if anyone here lives
in Central Mississippi and would love to have him, please contact me.
In the meantime, he’s happy here with me, a fierce doggie mamma!

Thanks!
Suzanna


#2
I just rescued a dog and named him after the patron saint of
jewelers. He's half black lab and half border collie. Will be too
big for my small house and medium size dog, but if anyone here
lives in Central Mississippi and would love to have him, please
contact me. In the meantime, he's happy here with me, a fierce
doggie mamma! 

That should be one smart, sweet dog! What a great combination. Good
choice on the name, too. Sadly, I’m all the way in the Chicago area.

Noel


#3

Hi Suzanna

Sorry I can’t help out with the dog. You are a kind soul! I realize
that the point of your post is to locate a home for the dog but you
brought up the saint reference and I was wondering about the St.
Dunstan part. It was my understanding after visiting patron saint
shops in Rome and Barcelona that the patron saint of metalsmiths is
Saint Eligius or in spanish, Santo Eligio (or in Catalan, Santo
Eloi.) All of the metalsmiths studios I visited there had a statue of
him in their space. Does anyone know the definitive answer of who the
proper saint is for jewelers, metalsmiths, goldsmiths, et al? Just
would appreciate knowing and good luck finding Dunstan a home!

Sherri Strandberg
Aeterna Metals


#4

Hi Suzanna,

I just thought I would add a bit of nostalgia, I could not resist.
There are actually THREE Patron Saints of jewelers & goldsmiths:

Agatha: Martyred and Canonized (by pre-congregation) c.250; not
known to do smithing herself at all. I’m not sure why she is called a
Patron Saint of jewelers, although she IS the Patron Saint of all
occupations.

Eligius: Canonization (by pre-congregation) date unknown; named the
traditional “Saint of All Smiths” because of his patronage to horses
and the people who worked with them.

And of course, Dunston: Canonized in 1021, also the Patron Saint of
Blacksmiths. He was himself a very notable gold and silversmith and
is most often the cited Saint for smiths specifically. I prefer to
cite Dunston as our Saint, myself, too. As he was the earliest Saint
to be actually “called” (I guess by God, as well as by the Smiths,
haha! Pardon the pun, is it better to say “named”?), specifically for
our cause.

I LOVE the name you chose for the dog; it’s fantastic! Wish I could
help you out with him, but I already have 2 dogs myself, and anyway I
am too far away, as I live in Northern Ohio.

Cheers!
Teresa


#5
Does anyone know the definitive answer of who the proper saint is
for jewelers, metalsmiths, goldsmiths, et al? 

This came up on Orchid a few years ago, someone on the list was
doing a crossword puzzle and needed that answer. Turns out there is
more than one saint for goldsmiths.

Elaine
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com


#6
Does anyone know the definitive answer of who the proper saint is
for jewelers, metalsmiths, goldsmiths, et al? 

Try praying to each one and see which works best for you. Isn’t that
the point, perform a practice with faith that does not depend on
results.

Richard Hart G.G.


#7
Does anyone know the definitive answer of who the proper saint is
for jewelers, metalsmiths, goldsmiths, et al? 

The definitive answer is St. Eligius. There are no other. See also:

Mario


#8
Does anyone know the definitive answer of who the proper saint is
for jewelers, metalsmiths, goldsmiths, et al? 

St. Claire of Assissi - goldsmiths
St. Benedict - coppersmiths
St. Bridget - blacksmiths

Suzanna


#9

I worked with a bunch of Indian web developers once and they were
rather keen on Ganesh, the elephant headed god who, in his role as
The Remover of Obstacles, has become the god of choice for Hindus
undertaking difficult projects. Probably not a bad sort to have on
side whilst thwacking expensive bits of metal with a big hammer.

CP