Neptune's Treasures

Five-strand necklace of Mediterranean coral, Italy circa 1930

In ancient times, the Mediterranean was understood to be the garden of the sea god Neptune and the mysterious underwater world was considered a place of danger, but was also full of beauty and treasures. A special treasure of the Mediterranean has been coral since time immemorial. With its wonderfully warm colour, it still inspires today and exudes a breath of summer - at any time of year. This necklace made of genuine Mediterranean coral is as beautiful as on the first day. The corals have been sanded and polished into spheres and then put together to form a necklace. The sensational necklace shows the specific beauty of the genuine precious coral particularly clearly. The pearls are knotted in five strands that thicken towards the centre. A clasp made of gold-plated silver provides a dignified frame for the coral. Most of our antique corals are sold to Asia, where they are traded as an investment, because today no corals are mined in the Mediterranean to make jewellery from them, so the price for real, undyed coral can only go up. A precious necklace to kneel down, created in the years around 1930 and still today a real eye-catcher.

The coral has been worshipped as a sign of good luck since ancient times. From the 17th century, for example, it has been handed down from Venice that the 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, for example, people still use amulets made of coral to protect themselves against all kinds of evil.

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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.