Paula says - "The chaplet (loop portion) of this malachite rosary is 16 inches in circumference. It has sterling silver crucifix, medal and beads interspersed with malachite beads for the five decades of the chaplet."
Sterling silver crucifix, medal and beads.
What is a rosary?
A rosary is a string of knots or beads, designed as an aid to the memory, and, when used in religious exercises, providing a convenient method for counting the recitation of prayers or the repetition of the names and attributes of the Deity."
- From the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, ed. James Hastings, Volume X: Picts - Sacraments.
The Parts of a Rosary
The Chaplet is divided into five Decades with four Dividing Beads and a fifth one called the Medal, which may be of the same sort as the Divider Beads or a charm. The two ends of the Chaplet attach to the Medal.
Terminal: the short piece that connects the Crucifix to the chaplet.
The Medal or the Center: A bead or charm that connects the two ends of the Chaplet with the Terminal.
The Divider Beads: There are four larger or differently sized beads to separate the Decades.
The Five Decades: There are five sets of ten beads that comprise the Chaplet or loop of the rosary.
Pendant: Usually a Crucifix, which is a cross with a figure of Jesus upon it.