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Antique graduated Italian salmon coral necklace, around 1900 and later.

The natural salmon red of coral has always inspired jewelry designers as well as the artists of Italy. 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 is 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. So lovers of coral jewelry have to fall back on ancient Mediterranean corals or make do with new Asian corals, which today, however, are almost always dyed or treated. The present necklace of Italian coral beads from around 1900 features beautiful coral beads of a pretty natural salmon color and only a few natural growth characteristics. The hand cut coral is graduated, with slightly larger beads towards the center. We had the necklace re-strung with a gold plated silver clasp attached. Thus, the over one hundred year old beads are as wearable today as on the first day.

Genuine Italian Mediterranean corals inspire to this day by their wonderfully rich play of colors with pronounced richness of variation. From the creamy white of the Adriatic coral to the delicate pink of the angel skin coral or Pelle d'Angelo to beautiful light and dark salmon red hues 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 popularity never experienced before, especially 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 today more than ever a sought-after treasure. Experts speak today, concerning the value of Mediterranean corals already of the "diamond of the future". Today, only antique pieces or corals from old stock come onto the market - 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.