Large Antique Silver and Calcite Alabaster Rosary, c. 1890

This large and lovely antique rosary is set with beads of calcite (sometimes called alabaster). The soft white glowing beads seem to take on a life of their own the more you hold them, watch them, feel them; they have an almost mesmerizing effect, soothing for the soul. A perfect material for rosary beads. 

This 25.5 inch long rosary has silver chains and fittings, the drop measures 6.25 inches long and the calcite cross portrays a silver Jesus and a plaque above him that reads ‘INRI’, for ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’. The hand crafted rosary is hard to date, I would guess it to be Victorian, circa 1890, I cannot be sure where it was made, either, perhaps it is Italian? I purchased it in France. The silver has been acid tested to verify. It weighs 43 grams. 

This wonderful rosary would also make an exquisite necklace. 

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