CORAL INFORMATION REGARDING ESTATE JEWELRY AND VINTAGE JEWELRY

FORMATION
Coral is the skeleton of small marine invertebrates that live in colonies. The particular variety that is used in jewelry is called, Corallium Nobile (precious coral). This type of coral is compact, glyptic, smooth, hard and solid.

ORIGIN OF NAME
Coral is derived from latin "corallium".

VIEW OUR CORAL ESTATE JEWELRY COLLECTION
Antique Orange Coral Pendant Earrings
1930s Cameo Filigre Ring in White Gold
Asch Grossbardt Inlaid Coral and other stones Ring in Yellow Gold

GREAT IMPOSTERS
Coral imitators include glass, dyed shell, alabaster, vegetable ivory, or plastic. Coral may be identified by its hardness and when acid tested, for effervescing.

HISTORICAL USE OF CORAL IN ESTATE JEWELRY AND ANTIQUE JEWELRY USAGE
In ancient Egypt, coral was cut into scarabs to be used as adornments. The ancient Greeks and Etruscans would engrave coral to use in shells. During the Victorian times, coral was given as a christening present as it was believed to prevent danger. Victorian babies and children are almost pictured wearing coral necklaces. Babies were also given coral teething rings and coral rattles. For adults, coral beaded bracelets were popular in the 1850s, as were carved brooches and earrings. Coral was a popular embellishment during the Art Deco Period.

CORAL LEGENDS
Coral is believed to have amuletic powers and to be used against spells. Since Roman times, coral was believed to prevent evil and danger.

EVALUATION
The most coveted colors are deep red and angel skin pink. Coral is easy to work with and is often carved into floral and leaf designs.

AREAS FOUND
The main source for coral is along the shores of the Mediterranean, mainly around Italy. Coral also comes from Japan, Hawaii and Australia.

ESTATE JEWELRY AND ANTIQUE JEWELRY CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Coral should never be cleaned in ultra-sonics. Exposure to cleansing agents, even mild soaps, can cause coral to fade or break. Coral rings should always be removed prior to washing one's hands, cleaning house or swimming. A soft cloth may be used to gently clean coral. Coral jewelry should be stored separately.