Double row necklace of Mediterranean coral, around 1900
The natural red tones of coral have always inspired jewellery designers but also artists. Hardly a painted portrait of an Italian beauty is conceivable without the red pearls from the seabed that embellish the earlobes or the décolleté. While in the 19th and early 20th centuries the Mediterranean still produced many corals of jewellery quality, it is due to both climate change and overfishing of the coral reefs that our modern age can no longer harvest this precious natural material. So lovers of coral jewellery have to resort to antique corals, because the quality of the old material is incomparably better than that of the new Asian corals, which are always dyed or treated - and besides, this is always the more environmentally friendly option. The present necklace from around 1900 shows the most beautiful salmon coral colour with natural, slightly varying tint and only a few natural growth features. Two rows of hand-cut pearls in a dark salmon hue are arranged in progression, thickening toward the center. A coral-studded clasp in rolled gold completes the beautiful necklace. This has preserved a fine piece of jewellery from the Italy of the 1900s that has lost none of its impact.
Genuine Italian Mediterranean corals inspire to this day by their wonderfully rich play of colors with pronounced richness of variations. The colors range from creamy white of the Adriatic coral to the delicate pink of the angel skin coral or "Pelle d'Angelo". Other beautiful colors produced by the sea include light and dark salmon red hues to the vibrant dark red color known as oxblood or "Moro coral." For centuries an integral part of princely and later 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 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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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.