From Triton's entourage

Antique coral branch as lapel pin, Italy circa 1900

Since time immemorial, the treasures of the sea have fascinated mankind. The intense color of coral, often presented in bizarre natural form, has been the object of desire since ancient times. Throughout the ages, coral has been used to make wonderful pieces of jewellery. It was indispensable in the art and wonder chambers of the Renaissance, where its branches were used, among other things, to represent the arms of Daphne, transformed into a tree by Apollo, or all kinds of other animals and figures. The present jewel from turn-of-the-century Italy presents a natural branch of polished Mediterranean coral whose unusual shape captures the imagination. Is it perhaps a dead tree or is it the tentacle of a sea monster? Whatever you may see in the branch, which is made wearable by a pin on the reverse of the lapel - it is always a decorative eye-catcher in strikingly beautiful coral red.

Genuine Italian Mediterranean corals still inspire today with their wonderfully rich play of colors 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 color known as oxblood or Moro coral, this wonderful natural material is characterized by the most beautiful colors 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. Today, experts are already talking about the "diamond of the future" as far as the value of Mediterranean corals is concerned. Only antique pieces or corals from old stock come onto the market today - the quantity is therefore limited and finite. So the value of corals can only increase!

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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.