Coral jewelry, I am the red mediterranean gold !!
We can consider coral jewels the red gold of the Mediterranean
We begin to think about red coral first as a element of nature to be respected, admired and known. She has peculiarities that few people know, even though they wear it and wear it every day embellished in pendants or earrings.
The coral ramifications with their vibrant red and intense pink and white shades represent a wonder of nature. The uniqueness of the coral is in its very special shape characterized by the multiple irregularly shaped twigs that protrude from the most resistant central branch, often recall human shape with arms extended to the sky. Hidden in the depths of the sea, in places sheltered away from currents and hot sunshine, coral branches grow slowly to become precious jewelery and protective amulets.
According to Greek folklore, red coral was formed when the blood of Medea’s head fell on the branches of the coast. When it is hardened, sea nymphs have taken and planted it in the ocean. Some native American tribes and Tibetan cultures have kept coral in high regard as a substance with so much energy and a tool to take away the evil eye. In ancient Mesopotamia they used coral to make jewelry already in 3000 BC
In the course of history, several cultures have worn or brought coral to protect themselves, in the Middle Ages farmers believed that coral in the field would have allowed a good harvest.
Birth of coral jewels
Jewelery takes shape from the processing of the calcareous skeleton that is cleaned, polished and polished is often embedded in gold or silver.
The richest coral sedimentation in Italy takes place in the North / West of Sardinia in the area of Alghero (which is also known as Coral Riviera) where the artistic processing of this splendid and unique material is still one of the most important and prestigious crafts of the city.
Particularly worthy of note in the history of artistic creations is Torre del Greco (in the province of Naples) where sources document activity since the 15th century AD. In the 1800s, the Coral School was founded, still active today, with over 2000 employees in the sector remaining the most important center in the world for this activity.
Since coral is a natural product, a living organism, each unique and unrepeatable, is also characterized by small imperfections that are sometimes almost imperceptible at first glance. To recognize the real coral jewels, it is necessary to carefully observe the gem that will often present very small stains or tiny streaks or in the processing of the stumps, carefully analyzing the bottom, small concentric circles can be detected, just like in the trees where the rings indicate the passing of the years and the growth of the trunk.