This pair of Genuine Mother of Pearl rosary with sterling silver center piece and crucifix are marked on the cross: AN 2 / Italy / Sterling and on the center piece: AN 2 / Sterling. The traditional story of the rosary was that Mary herself appeared to Saint Dominic in the twelfth century. At that time, tradition says she gave him the rosary and promised Dominic that if he spread devotion to the rosary, his religious order would flourish. Originally the rosary had 150 beads, the same number of psalms in the Bible. Today’s complete rosary is now made up of twenty decades of the Hail Mary, separated by an Our Father and a Glory Be and sometimes the Fatima prayer. In very good + condition they measure 19 1/4 inches long. An addition to any Mother of Pearl or Sterling Silver Rosary Collection. SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have questions feel free to contact me and thank you for looking.