FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To find quick answers to the most common questions, please read our FAQs below.
Hand-painted icons have a unique beauty and richness that cannot be replicated by printed icons. Here are some of the benefits of hand-painted icons over printed ones:
- Authenticity: Hand-painted icons are original works of art, created by skilled artists who put their heart and soul into each piece. This gives hand-painted icons a sense of authenticity and timelessness that cannot be achieved through mass-production.
- Craftsmanship: Hand-painting icons is a craft that has been passed down from generation to generation. The skill and attention to detail that goes into creating each icon is evident in the final product, making hand-painted icons truly special.
- Spiritual Energy: Some people believe that the spiritual energy of the artist is imbued into each hand-painted icon, making it a powerful tool for spiritual growth and connection.
- Unique Characteristics: Every hand-painted icon is unique, with its own set of subtle variations, brush strokes, and imperfections. This gives each icon a special character and makes it a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
- Investment: Hand-painted icons are often considered valuable investments due to their rarity and the skill required to create them. They can increase in value over time and become cherished family heirlooms.
Hand-painted Orthodox icons offer a level of beauty, authenticity, and spiritual connection that cannot be achieved through printed icons. They are true works of art that can be cherished for generations to come.
No. It is not common to sell blessed icons. Traditionally the icons are blessed by your parish priest, who can explain the local practice in detail.
We hand check and inspect every icon before packaging. All items are carefully wrapped and secured with double or triple bubble wrap (big bubbles) and extra cushioning. We guarantee you safe delivery!
Yes. Usually we request a high resolution photo of the icon and present it to our iconographers. Depending on the size and complexity, we will make you an offer. Normally it takes maximum 4 weeks to complete an order. Prices are usually the same as or close to the other icons offered at BlessedMart.com. Please contact us for details.
Yes. We do provide discounts for bulk orders. The discount depends on the order size and shipping location. BlessedMart has shipped many icons to retailers and church shops across Europe and USA. Please contact us for details and quotes.
We ship Worldwide. No exclusions.
All icons are hand painted and not mass produced. Slight differences in the colors, ornaments or other details are normal. BlessedMart takes several photographs of each icon before listing it in our online store.
We try to maintain all icons in stock all the time. If you would like to order an icon which is not available at the moment, please contact us. Usually it takes 2-3 weeks for an icon to be painted.
For orders within the European Union (EU) 20% VAT will be included in the total. All prices shown on our website are VAT inclusive.
For orders outside the EU, no tax will be added.
We accept Credit Cards, PayPal, ApplePay and Direct Bank Transfers (SEPA). All major credit cards are supported – VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. For customers in the European Union we accept Bank Transfers, however orders are dispatched after receiving cleared payment. Please contact us for more information.
BlessedMart handles all orders in 1 business day! We ship from our main office in Bulgaria. Depending on the time of the day, your order may be processed on the same or next business day. Deutsche Post DHL and DHL Express accept orders Mon – Fri 7am – 7pm (EET – Eastern European Time).