Talisman From the Deep Sea

Antique, Three-Row Necklace Made of Italian Salmon Coral, Around 1900

In his story "The Leviathan", Joseph Roth describes the use of corals as talismans with a special protective function. In previous centuries, Mediterranean corals were supposed to help their wearers achieve greater beauty and at the same time protect them from the "evil eye". They were therefore lucky charms and at the same time protectors from the deep sea, which we encounter from time to time today and whose charm we cannot escape. Even today, the sight of genuine Mediterranean coral still inspires us - as is the case with this necklace from around 1900, which presents three rows of wonderful salmon coral cut into beads and arranged in a row. Necklaces like this one can be found in many old photographs from the turn of the century, often bought in Italy in the late 19th century as precious souvenirs to bring back home. Our necklace has a pretty clasp that presents three more corals as boutons. These are corals of selected beautiful colour. We have had the necklace re-strung so that the can be worn carefree. A piece of jewellery and talisman in one!

Genuine Italian Mediterranean corals still inspire today with their wonderfully rich play of colours with a pronounced wealth of variations. From the creamy white of the Adriatic coral to the delicate pink of the angel's skin coral or Pelle d'Angelo to beautiful light and dark salmon red shades to the strong dark red colour known as oxblood or Moro coral, this wonderful natural material is characterized by the most beautiful colours of nature that the sea can produce. For centuries an integral part of princely and later also bourgeois art chambers, coral jewellery, especially from the region around the Bay of Naples, enjoyed unprecedented popularity, particularly in the 19th century. The stocks of some coral species, which are now under strict protection, as well as the demand for natural corals, which has increased dramatically in recent years, make coral jewellery a sought-after treasure today more than ever. Only antique pieces or corals from old stock come onto the market today - the quantity is therefore limited and finite.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.