Ok, for those who may be interested I finally found the documents I was searching for regarding Rosaries, blessings and indulgences. I will only put the quotes to some parts of it.
The website below speaks of the varying types of Blessings for the Rosary and the different indulgences associated with them:
When you get a new Rosary, take it to a priest and have it blessed. Remember, the blessing of the Church on your Rosary makes it a sacramental.
There are various kinds of blessings for Rosaries and each carries with it a different kind of Indulgence. One blessing is called the Dominican Blessing, for St. Dominic who received the Rosary from Our Lady. This blessing enables one to gain another 100 days Indulgence on each bead.
To foster the love of and universal use of the Rosary, the popes have given priests the power to bless the Rosary, and when they do each bead carries with it an Indulgence.
Another Indulgence is called the Apostolic Indulgence. This is the blessing of the Pope that is given through a duly authorized priest. One who is dying and has such a rosary or crucifix, and tried his best to confess and receive Holy Communion, and if this was not possible, is sorry for his sins and with a contrite heart invokes the name of Jesus may gain a plenary indulgence at the hour of death.
Another one is called the Crosier Indulgence, which makes us think of the cross on the Rosary. This blessing grants an indulgence of five hundred days for each Our Father and Hail Mary that we say on the beads, even though we say only a few Hail Mary’s on it, instead of the whole rosary.
Does your rosary have all these valuable blessings? One may gain all the above blessings on the same rosary and crucifix. However, one and the same blessing will not avail to gain all the indulgences mentioned unless expressly declared. Ask your priest about this. Remember: a blessed Rosary is a Sacramental; and Indulgences not only help you, but can be applied to the Poor Souls in Purgatory as well.
The website above mentions towards the end the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary (of which I am a member of).
And I just saw your posting LilyM right after I posted this one. And yes I have seen the outdated websites and info too using material from the 1950’s. I don’t blame you at all for sticking with the Echiridion. According to my cousin who is a brother in the Benedictine Order in the San Antonio Abad Abbey in Puerto Rico my information is correct. I spoke to him about an hour ago. Although he isn’t infallible, he is loyal to the church so I trust his judgement.
And this site says the following:
A partial indulgence may be gained once a day by the faithful who kissing a** blessed Rosary**, which they carry with them, at the same time recite the first part of the Hail Mary up to “Jesus” inclusive.
Bolding and line breaks added by me.
And it is on topic because the OP did ask about the necessity of holy items being blessed or not. :bounce: I am a pain in the neck sometimes. lol