Each bead of this unique Italian-made rosary is a mini Miraculous Medal. The round beads are complimented by a beautiful Miraculous centerpiece and ornate crucifix. This rosary is silver oxidized. It comes packaged in a clear plastic case. The Medal of the Immaculate Conception, commonly known as the Miraculous Medal, is a cherished Catholic devotion. The Blessed Mother Mary manifested the medal to Sister (now Saint) Catherine Laboure in 1830, and asked her to have the medal struck. Since then, many millions of the medals have been used by Catholics around the world. Countless miracles have been attributed to the medal.