Reminder of a Summer Gone
Impressive ring with antique coral & diamonds in gold, Berlin 2021
Jewellery made of coral has a centuries-old tradition. Even the ancient Romans adorned themselves with elaborately carved pieces made from the deep red Mediterranean coral, which could be harvested in abundance off the coast of Naples. No wonder that it was here, in the bay at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, that a specialised craft tradition developed, whose masters continue to transform this treasure of the sea into artistic creations to this day. Coral processing really blossomed in the 19th century. The increasing number of travellers from all over Europe visited Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Coral jewellery was a popular souvenir. But this most beautiful gift of the sea was also traded and imported by jewellers in London, Paris and Berlin. In 1851, for example, the stand of the jeweller Robert Phillips at the World's Fair in London caused a great stir with a spectacularly large selection of Italian coral, which only a short time later was taken over by today's Victoria & Albert Museum. Enthusiasm for the colourful varieties of coral continues to this day. The ring presented here bears witness to this. It was created using a large antique coral and high-carat gold. The setting is quite restrained and presents the coral almost floating on the finger. Only when viewed from the side does the warmly gleaming gold and six small old-cut diamonds become visible, giving the ring a nostalgic touch. The ring is unworn and can immediately be a wonderful reminder of a beautiful summer holiday.
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, 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 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. 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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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.
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.