I found my heart in Portofino

Vintage coral necklace in five rows, Italy circa 1990

At the end of the 18th century, Italy developed into the European travel destination par excellence, as we know from Goethe's travel notes, for example. No "Grand Tour" was conceivable without Naples and Rome as destinations of longing. In the course of the 19th century, the ever-growing tourism gave rise to magnificent seaside resorts with luxurious grand hotels. Thus, many a once sleepy fishing village became a fashionable holiday town, and thus a magnet for the haute volee of those years. Coral jewellery was the first choice as a souvenir of a trip to Italy and a visible sign for those at home that they had been there. Small manufactories, often family businesses, quickly established themselves in the towns around Mount Vesuvius and in the Bay of Naples, producing pieces of coral jewellery. In those years the Mediterranean coral was still available in large quantities and in the manufactories there was often a division of labour. The sons of the families were often employed to harvest the corals from the seabed, the fathers cut and polished the raw corals and the female members of the family then processed the refined corals into pieces of jewellery. The resulting necklaces, bracelets and earrings then graced the displays of jewelry stores in cities across the country. This extremely decorative necklace came to us from a Berlin collection and consists of five rows of polished coral in small branches held by a gold-plated silver clasp. The silver stamps on the large spring ring show that the necklace must have been made after 1985, we date it to around 1990. The natural shape of the coral makes the necklace look fresh, cheerful and pleasantly opulent - a touch of summer and a reminder of Italy even on dull northern alpine days!

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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.