Vacation Ready

Antique bangle with salmon corals & pearls, around 1890

This bangle takes us back to a summer over 100 years ago. Because summer jewelry, or memory of such, corals have always been. The great journey to the south, to Italy with its art treasures from antiquity to modern times still 19th century the quintessence of classical education. Then, at the turn of the 20th century, ever larger circles of society could afford to travel to the beautiful south. And of course, souvenirs of this stay had to be brought home. From Naples, these were mainly corals and gemstones carved into shells, for the production of which this region had always been famous. The present bangle combines salmon-colored boutons of Mediterranean coral into a floral motif that adorns the front of the bracelet. This characteristic colour came about as a result of an undersea volcanic eruption in 1831, which had caused numerous corals in the Mediterranean to die. In 1875, these stocks, which had by then faded to a delicate salmon color, were discovered and made into jewelry for only a few decades. Thus we have many pieces of jewellery from the late 19th century with pastel-coloured coral trimmings, which at the same time confirms their early origin. The corals are set together with small pearls in gold-plated tombac. A perfect piece of jewellery for all those who dream of Italian summers all year round - a true holiday treasure!

In July 1831, an undersea volcano erupted in front of the town of Sciacca on the southern coast of Sicily. Fishermen watched the explosions and were astonished to discover that the volcano had formed a new island. Immediately when the eruptions ended, a fierce dispute broke out over which country the new island should belong to. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies considered it a natural part of its territory and named it Ferninandea after its king, Ferdinand II. However, Britain also claimed the new land, strategically located on important shipping routes, and named it Graham Island. The French fleet also claimed the island, which it called Julia, and Spain also laid claim to it. The dispute was finally settled by nature: by 1832, the waves had eroded the island to such an extent that it sank into the sea and remained only as a shoal. But what does this have to do with corals? The repeated submarine volcanic eruptions and numerous earthquakes had caused the death of large quantities of corals, which formed one of the richest deposits in the entire Mediterranean. These subfossil corals had taken on a salmon hue from storage in the water that made them distinctive. This marine treasure was discovered in 1875 when Bettu Ammareddu, captain of a trawler, was fishing on the shoal that was once the island. According to the legend, his necklace, which he had received as a gift from his beloved, fell into the water. When he dove for the necklace he found that the seabed was covered all over with coral. Soon the mining of the corals began, but just as quickly, already in 1915, the deposits were completely exhausted.

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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.