5 mm square beads hematites rosary with metal cross. Approximate size: length 900, cross 24 x 40 mm
String of beads used to recite the Holy Rosary (from the Latin word “rosarium” meaning “of roses”), the traditional Catholic prayer commemorating the twenty "mysteries" of the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, reciting one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Gloria after each one. It apparently comes from the Muslim tasbih, introduced to Europe by the Crusaders, which in turn has Indian origin. A papal bull by Pope Pius V, written in 1596, states that it was Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, who introduced the rosary in the Christian world in the year 1221.
The word Hematite is derived from the Greek word for blood "haima" because hematite can be red, as in rogue. The name of the specularite variety comes from the Greek word for mirror, "speculum". Hematite relaxes the mind, and improves memory. It provides calmness. It has been used since the ancient times due to its capacity to attract good luck. It is a very powerful amulet for avoiding accidents. It boosts self-trust. It clears up thoughts, and improves intellectual capacity.