Mediterranean Rarissimum

Exceptionnelle chain from undyed coral in the course, around 1950

The red coral was already considered a good luck charm in classical antiquity, and from the 17th century, for example, it is recorded from Venice that coral "Portati dovunque l'huomo sia, ò in casa, ò in nave, scaccia le cattive ombre de gli spiriti, sogni, fulmini, venti, e tempeste e gli diffende da ogni assalto di fiere." - "Wherever man goes, whether he is at home or traveling by ship, the coral drives away the evil shadows of spirits, bad dreams, lightning, winds, and tempests, and protects against every evil." (Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa: Intérieurs vénitiens à la Renaissance. Maisons, société et culture, Paris 2012, p. 276) In Naples, people still use amulets made of coral to protect themselves and their children against all kinds of evil. But the fascination of corals from the Mediterranean cannot be explained only by their (supposed) protective function - the sight of them never ceases to delight, not least on an aesthetic level, as in the case of the necklace here. The long row of fifty-nine hand-cut beads in an intense salmon red is arranged in progression, i.e. they become thicker towards the centre. The thickest coral bead measures about 19.8 mm - and even the smallest bead still measures 7.5 mm, which makes the necklace a rarity, since Mediterranean corals of this thickness have almost completely disappeared from the market today. The pearls of our very beautiful long necklace are hand-cut, not fully round and of selected beautiful colour; their processing by hand guarantees at the same time the origin of the coral pearls in the middle years of the 20th century. The clasp shows the design language of the late Art Deco and is made of yellow and red gold. The necklace is beautifully preserved. Highly decorative and of impressive size, corals like this are a true rarity and are rarely mined anymore. This special quality has also been confirmed by an independent gemmological laboratory. The corresponding, enclosed valuation certificate is delivered together with the necklace.

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 colour known as oxblood or Moro coral, this wonderful natural material is characterized by the most beautiful colours 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. Only antique pieces or corals from old stock come onto the market today - the quantity is therefore limited and finite.

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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.