A summer in Amalfi

Long necklace of antique salmon coral, Italy circa 1900

The coral has been regarded as a lucky charm since ancient times. From the 17th century, for example, the following is recorded from Venice: "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 travelling by ship - the coral drives away the evil shadows of the spirits, bad dreams, lightning, winds, and tempests, and protects against every adversity" (Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa: Intérieurs véitiens 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 evil. However, the fascination of coral from the Mediterranean cannot be explained solely by its supposed protective function - the sight of it also never ceases to fascinate on an aesthetic level, as in the case of this necklace with a total length of 81 cm, which can also be worn in two rows. The long row of hand-cut pearls in a beautiful salmon red has been nicely sorted and reknotted. The beads are of a vivid color; their handcrafted finish at the same time guarantees that the coral beads were created in the years shortly after 1900. A lightly gold-washed clasp made of silver completes the piece. Highly decorative and of beautiful quality, coral like this can only increase in value as Mediterranean coral is no longer mined to make jewelry.

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 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. Today, experts are already talking about the "diamond of the future" as far as the value of Mediterranean corals is concerned. Only antique pieces or corals from old stock come onto the market today - the quantity is therefore limited and finite. So the value of corals can only increase!

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