Colourfulness from the sea

Italian coral four row bracelet with antique clasp, around 1960

Corals from the Mediterranean have always been the pride of southern Italian jewellery manufacturers. Today, corals are also jewels that have become rare from a time when corals still populated the seabed in large numbers and could delight Italian travellers with their unusual colour. The bracelet here consists of four strands of Italian coral with powerful color. It is known as "oxblood" or "oxblood" and is more sought after today than ever. They are held in place by an engraved silver clasp. Bracelets like this have been popular souvenirs of a trip to Italy since the early 20th century. The example here was probably put together in the years around 1960. In the process, a beautifully older turn-of-the-century clasp was fitted with new coral. Thus, the bracelet is not only pretty to look at, but even today it is a colorful companion that can stimulate the imagination and adds a splendid splash of color with the means of nature.

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" in terms of the value of Mediterranean corals. 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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