Coral roundelay

Vintage red Mediterranean coral necklace with gold clasp, circa 1985

Did you know that multi-strand necklaces, where you can twist the individual strands, are called torsades? This term is derived from the French "torsadée", which means "twisted". The beauty of such torsades is that you can wear them with twisted strands, as well as free. So can and always arise a new image. The torsade here is made of Italian Mediterranean coral. The coral has a uniform shade of intense salmon red. A hand-forged clasp of gold, itself reminiscent of a thick coral branch, holds the total of 19 strands together and adds a wonderful counterpoint to the red of the sea treasures. Today's protected stocks of some coral species, as well as the skyrocketing demand for natural coral in recent years, make coral jewelry a sought-after treasure more than ever. The necklace came to us from southern Germany.

In his story "The Leviathan," Joseph Roth describes the use of corals as talismans with a special protective function. In previous centuries, Mediterranean corals were supposed to help their wearers achieve greater beauty and at the same time protect them from the "evil eye". They were therefore lucky charms and at the same time protectors from the deep sea, which we encounter from time to time today and whose charm we cannot escape.

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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.