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Rose petal beads

From: Diane Merrill <dianemerrill>
Date: Monday, June 1, 1998
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I have an obscure topic. I need documentation (including
bibliography) regarding the origin and history of rose petal beads
(rosaries). I have made these beads with great success (basically
boiling and macerating the petals into a pulp, then rolling it into
compact beads) based on a recipe that was supposedly from the 11th
century. But I am having difficulty documenting this technique and
its history. I have heard rumors that rosary beads were made
originally out of rose petals, hence the term "rosary". I would like
to find documentation for that statement as well.
Any references or leads would be greatly appreciated.

Diane Merrill

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