Daughters of Triton

Wonderful necklace of large coral balls in the course, 1960s

The identification of corals is a science in itself. There are more than 5,000 different species in the world's oceans, living in different water depths and many of which have very different demands on their habitat. What they have in common, however, is their need for clear, clean water, which is why many species are threatened with extinction today, in times of global warming, micoplastics and oil spills. Among the corals that have been used in the course of jewellery history to make pieces of jewellery from them are the Italian, dark red Moro coral, the somewhat lighter Sardegna coral and the salmon-coloured Sciacca coral, as well as the many pink-coloured varieties called angel-skin coral, which are mainly found on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. But Far Eastern corals are also suitable as a basis for the production of precious jewellery. For example, the so-called deep-sea coral found off the coast of Japan, which grows at depths of up to 3383 meters and for which a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is sufficient for life. Here we see a necklace made of impressively large coral balls of the same species. The necklace is made of slightly flattened coral beads that shine in a beautiful salmon color with very few surface features. Small white spots in the otherwise salmon-colored material, the so-called "souls" of the coral, indicate that it is the Asian deep-sea coral described above. 66 pearls, which increase in size towards the centre, form the piece of jewellery, which is held by a gold clasp. The central sphere has a diameter of more than 16.6 mm. We have had the chain re-strung and the pearl silk renewed and have commissioned an expert's report to prove the rarity and value of the coral. Corals like this are no longer mined today and are under species protection. Modern necklaces made of this precious type of coral are therefore no longer available. This is therefore a good guarantee for value retention. Some of our Asian customers already speak of corals as the "diamonds of the future".

Red coral was already regarded as a good luck charm in classical antiquity and from the 17th century, for example, has been handed down 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 a man goes, whether he is at home or traveling by ship, the coral drives away the evil shadows of spirits, bad dreams, lightning, winds, and tempests, and protects against every evil." Quoted from Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa: Intérieurs vénitiens à la Renaissance. Maisons, société et culture, Paris 2012, p. 276. In Naples, people still use amulets made of coral to protect themselves and their children against all kinds of evil.

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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.