"Vedi Napoli e poi muori!"

First class antique necklace from "Corallo Sciacca", Italy around 1890

"Vedi Napoli e poi muori!" they say here. "See Naples and die!" That no Neapolitan wants to depart from his city, that its poets sing of the bliss of the situation here in tremendous hyperboles, is not to be blamed on them, and if even a few Vesuviuses stood in the neighborhood." Thus Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in his Italian Journey, describes his impression of the city of Naples in the shadow of Vesuvius. And it is from the Bay of Naples that, in all likelihood, this necklace made of Italian coral of wonderful quality also originates. In Naples, people still use amulets made of coral to protect themselves against evil. But the fascination of coral from the Mediterranean cannot only be explained by its supposed protective function - the sight of it also inspires on an aesthetic level, as in the case of this necklace with two fine strands of polished sea treasures. The two rows of pearls in a beautiful salmon red is sorted in the course and strung unknotted. The pearls are hand-cut and of a vivid colour; at the same time, their hand-finishing guarantees the origin of the coral pearls in the years around 1890. The two strands are held by a clasp made of gold, which in a spherical design shows a delicate soldering with small cords and can be assigned to the so-called "archaeological style". In this way, a reminder of Italy at the turn of the last century has been preserved, which still inspires dreams today.

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" 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.