Here are two paternosters (aka historical rosaries or prayer beads) I’ve made for use at Renaissance faire:
One is bone with coral marker beads decorated with gold and a terracotta tassel.
The other is coral with pearl makers beads and a black tassel.
*The two different batches of coral & the pearls were purchased in Maui, Hawai’i. I have doubts about the authenticity of the coral but I don’t know much about buying coral. The bone was purchased in northern california along with the gold colored bead ends.
In future I think I need to make the tassels thicker and squatter from what I can see in some historical examples. I would also like to do these with silk string and tassels instead of the cotton seen here. I do not have historical references for the combination of beading for the “aves” beads and the “gauds” (marker beads) but bone, coral, and pearls were used.