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Wonderful necklace of italian salmon coral in course, around 1900 and later

The natural red of coral has always inspired jewellery designers as well as Italian artists. Hardly a portrait of an Italian beauty is conceivable without the red pearls from the bottom of the sea, which embellish the earlobes or the décolleté, in some cases even the hair. There are also many secrets surrounding these gifts from the Mediterranean. In Italy, for example, it is an old custom to give coral to newborn babies, as it is said to ward off evil. Many Italian women even swear that the shine of their corals becomes more beautiful when they lend them! So it's not only a beautiful material, but also one that is given importance. While the Mediterranean still produced many jewelry-quality corals in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it is due to both climate change and overfishing of coral reefs that most coral species are now protected. Lovers of coral jewellery must therefore resort to antique Mediterranean corals or make do with new Asian corals, which are, however, almost always dyed or treated today. This necklace with Italian coral beads from around 1900 shows the most beautiful salmon coral quality with uniform natural color and only a few natural growth characteristics. The hand cut coral is arranged in a gradient and thickens towards the center. We had the necklace re-strung, adding a convenient magnetic clasp made of gold-plated silver. Thus, the over one hundred year old beads are permanently wearable and decorate today as on the first day.

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" in terms of the value of Mediterranean corals. 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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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.