Cheryl Finnegan ("Finn") is the founder and owner of VSA Designs, Inc. After a 14-year career in Marketing & Sales with Levi Strauss & Co., she moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she was inspired by the art and magic of the colonial town. Her business started as an obsession with the Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexican folklore. It first manifested as a keychain, later a necklace...and then John Galliano wore a VSA belt buckle on his Paris runway! The marketing test for any piece was how quickly someone stopped Finn walking down the street and asked where to buy it. Finn’s favorite piece is a large vintage VSA “East meets West” rosary with white crystals--which she wears everywhere, and every day. In 2008, Cheryl Finnegan was acknowledged for her achievement in design with an induction into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
The San Benito Medallion Circa 1780
CSSML-NDSMD: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! ("May the
holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my overlord!")
VRSNSMV-SMQLIVB: Vade retro satana: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi
vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! ("Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil.
Drink the poison yourself!")
It is said to be effective in many ways:
to destroy all diabolical and haunting influences
to impart protection to persons tempted, deluded, or tormented by evil spirits
to obtain the conversion of sinners into the Catholic Church, especially when they are in danger of death
to serve as an armor against temptation
to destroy the effects of poison
to secure a timely and healthy birth for children
to afford protection against storms and lightning
to serve as an efficacious remedy for bodily afflictions and a means of protection against contagious diseases.
How to Wear the Virgins, Saints, and Angels Magdalena Extender
credit: Virgins, Saints & Angels
From Our Customers
I have fallen in love with Virgin Saints and Angels! I like the Bohemian look in addition to the symbolism it represents. I receive lots of compliments when I wear the pieces that I have purchased.
I have purchased two VSA San Benito charm necklaces and a key chain. They are beautiful pieces of jewelry. I love that the necklaces can be dressed up or down. I get compliments every time I wear them.
I love my VSA purchase. I will definitely be purchasing additional pieces. I also loved the fast, easy - service that I received. Great shopping experience.
The Giving Tree Gallery has a great selection of VSA jewelry. Their customer service is excellent! It's always a pleasure to shop with them.
I have 3 adult daughters who all love VSA jewelry. I wanted a certain necklace and the customer service at The Giving Tree was wonderful. Item was beautifully wrapped and fast delivery. I will be shopping here for Christmas items.
The necklace I purchased was created by Virgins Saints and Angels and is simply beautiful (just as depicted on line at The Giving Tree Gallery). My shopping experience was better than expected as their customer service is first class. I had questions regarding the necklace and their customer service responded to my e-mail within 24 hours and it was a holiday weekend!
The Giving Tree organization clearly places a high emphasis on customer satisfaction, customer service and quality. I ordered a Virgins, Saints and Angels (VSA) San Benito medal necklace. Not only was the necklace stunning, but the care The Giving Tree took in the packaging was obvious and greatly appreciated by me. In fact, the beautiful pouch in which they packed my necklace has traveled with me to safe keep my necklace while I'm on the road! Lastly, The Giving Tree has a broad range of items from VSA, which is quite rare. Thank you, The Giving Tree!
I have purchased two Virgins, Saints and Angels products and was very pleased with the quality of the items, the timely shipping and overall service! Will definitely order again!