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Medal is stamped "STERLING".
Paula says - "This onyx rosary has a sterling silver crucifix, medal and beads interspersed with turquoise stone nuggets for the five decades of the chaplet. The large sterling silver beads with seams are bench-made beads and are 8mm diameter. Precision cut Onyx beads are approximately 4mm diameter."
Dime in above photo shows scale of beads.
What is a rosary?
A rosary is a string of knots or beads, designed as an aid to the memory, and, when used in religious exercises, providing a convenient method for counting the recitation of prayers or the repetition of the names and attributes of the Deity."
- From the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, ed. James Hastings, Volume X: Picts - Sacraments.
The Parts of a Rosary
The Chaplet is divided into five Decades with four Dividing Beads and a fifth one called the Medal, which may be of the same sort as the Divider Beads or a charm. The two ends of the Chaplet attach to the Medal as well as the Terminal.
Terminal: the short piece that connects the Chaplet to the Crucifix.
The Medal or the Center: Previously described.
The Divider Beads: There are four larger or differently sized beads to separate the Decades.
The Five Decades: There are five sets of ten beads that comprise the Chaplet or loop of the rosary.
Pendant: Usually a Crucifix, which is a cross with a figure of Jesus upon it.