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Knotted vintage coral necklace with white gold clasp, around 1960

This necklace takes us back to a summer almost 60 years ago. The sun is already low on the horizon above the Bay of Naples. A light breeze blows from the sea, the lemons are in bloom and in the shade of the stretched sailcloth, the weary travellers from the north gaze far out over the smooth water. How far away is the rain-soaked homeland with its obligations, work and toil. How beautiful and carefree life is here! The grand tour to the south, to Italy with its art treasures from antiquity to modern times, was the quintessence of bourgeois and aristocratic education in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Grand Tour took the young cavalier as far as Naples, stopping in Venice and Rome, perhaps Florence as well. And, of course, souvenirs of this sojourn had to be brought home. From Naples these were mainly corals and cameos carved in shell or layered agate, for the production of which this region had always been famous. And this idea continues in the souvenirs of the post-war period. The necklace here was probably originally acquired on one such trip to the south. It consists of countless small hand-cut beads of coral forming two intricately flowing strands of chain, joined by two large coral beads. The small corals are strung together in an interwoven fashion. The necklace is closed by a clasp made of white gold. It is genuine Mediterranean coral with only a few natural growth characteristics, undyed and as nature created it. A wonderful eye-catcher in a summery hue.

The coral has been considered a good luck charm 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, people still use amulets made of coral to protect themselves against misfortune.

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