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 Onyx comes from the Greek, having the same spelling, and meaning fingernail. Onyx is a variety of chalcedony, formed by parallel quartz and moganite bands, alternating light and dark colours. It was already used in jewelry in the Ancient Egypt, where it was used against the evil eye, and to bring happiness and wealth to its carrier. Onyx eases objective thinking, so it is suitable for those who suffer from melancholy. It helps in taking quick decisions, and in stabilizing emotions faced to the fear of the unknown; it also strengthens meditation. It has stabilizing effects on our organism, improves the proper body functioning. Connected with Capricorn.