Deep under the sea

Large, unusual vintage brooch with coral branch, around 1960

The treasures of the sea have always fascinated people. The bizarre natural form and intense colour of coral has been the object of desire since antiquity and has been made into wonderful pieces of jewelry throughout the ages. Corals were indispensable in the art and wonder chambers of the Renaissance, where their branches were used, among other things, to represent the arms of Daphne, transformed into a tree by Apollo, or all kinds of animals and figures. The present piece of jewelry presents a large, natural branch of polished Mediterranean coral, whose unusual shape stimulates the imagination. The spiral mountings give the natural form of the coral an artistic interpretation: is it a primeval creature that we are encountering here, or are we looking at a drawing by Joan Miró? The gold mounts turn the branch into a brooch. The piece was made in Germany in the years around 1960. It is in first-class condition.

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 jewelry, 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 jewelry 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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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.