I have been a long time collector of Rosary Beads. Although I am not a Catholic, my Catholic mother in law used to make Rosary Beads for her church. My kids used to help her. They enjoyed that. Especially making the black ones for Prisoners.....I still have some of the beads they made in my collection.
Recently, Rachel Ashwell came out with a massive set of Rosary Beads for her Shabby Chic collection. Hers are $188.00. Far to expensive for me to purchase. I thought about making a set, but couldn't find the right size cross. I was most surprised to find this gorgeous rosary at a second hand shop. $25.00 with 20% off.
Not sure what this writing is. I believe it is a name. I keep them hanging on the wall in an odd nook along with a large candlestick...it's beginning to look like a shrine.