Mediterranean lucky charms

Antique Italian salmon coral necklace with silver clasp, around 1900/2021

Coral has been considered a good luck charm since ancient times. In Naples, people still use amulets made of coral to protect themselves against bad luck. Already from the 17th century is handed down from Venice: "Portati dovunque l'huomo sia, ò in casa, ò in nave, scaccia le cattive ombre de gli spiriti, sogni, fulmini, venti, e tempeste e gli diffende da ogni assalto di fiere." - "Wherever man goes, whether he is at home or traveling by ship - the coral drives away the evil shadows of the spirits, bad dreams, lightning, winds and thunderstorms, and protects from every adversity." (Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa: Intérieurs vénitiens à la Renaissance. Maisons, société et culture, Paris 2012, p. 276). But the fascination of corals from the Mediterranean is not only to be explained by their (supposed) protective function - their sight inspires not least also on an aesthetic level, as in the case of the necklace here. These are beads from around 1900, cut from Italian salmon coral. The hand-cut beads are arranged in a progression, which means that they become thicker towards the center. They are not quite circular but somewhat flattened to the sides so that the necklace can fall nicely. A renewed clasp made of gold-plated silver holds the necklace securely.

Genuine Italian Mediterranean corals inspire to this day by their wonderfully rich play of colors with pronounced richness of variation. From the creamy white of the Adriatic coral to the delicate pink of the angel skin coral or Pelle d'Angelo, light and dark salmon red hues to the strong dark red color known as oxblood or Moro coral, the natural material is characterized by the most beautiful colors that the sea can produce. For centuries an integral part of princely and later also bourgeois art chambers, coral jewelry, especially from the region around the Bay of Naples, enjoyed popularity never experienced before, especially 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 by leaps and bounds in recent years, make coral jewelry a sought-after treasure today more than ever. Experts already speak, concerning the value of Mediterranean corals, of the "diamond of the future". Only antique pieces or corals from old stock come onto the market today - the quantity is thus limited and finite. Thus, the value of corals can only increase!

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