Rosary of white mother-of-pearl beads strung on cord and chain in silver-plated brass. The centrepiece of the rosary which is also in silver-plated brass bears an effigy of the Madonna and Child on the front and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on the back. Box presentation. The rosary is a prayer item resembling a necklace of beads comprising five groups of ten beads known as decades. Each group is followed by a separate bead. A cross and five beads which run from the necklace part to the centrepiece bearing an effigy of the Holy Virgin, a saint or a Christian symbol. The recitation starts by the sign of the cross, one "I believe in God", one "Our Father", three "Hail Marys" and one "Glory to the Father". This is then followed by recitation of one "Our Father", ten "Hail Marys" and one "Glory to the Father". Recitation of the decades is combined with contemplation of the joyful, painful and glorious mysteries of the life of Christ. During the Year of the Rosary, Pope Jean-Paul II proposed the addition of new luminous mysteries.