The sea's precious bounty

Wonderful carved coral & gold brooch, circa 1900

Hand-cut and engraved corals from the Mediterranean have always been the pride of southern Italian jewellery production. Especially the region around the Gulf of Naples has been the center of coral processing for centuries. The brooch presented here is made of such Italian salmon coral. Created in the years around 1900, it shows as a decorative arrangement of floral forms and fruits in a wonderful salmon red color. The brooch is in the tradition of the coral carvings made in Trapani in the middle of the 19th century, which were worked in very similar and always new forms. Pomegranates, acorns and also a toadstool are together with flowers with some foliage are multipart and finely carved from coral and individually mounted on gold. The group of fruits and fully bloomed flowers makes the jewel an allegory of summer. Jewels like this are still popular souvenirs of a trip to Italy and today, as then, coral, as arguably the most beautiful treasures of the sea, are colorful focal points that tell of a craft now lost. A wonderful piece of jewellery to wear or simply marvel at.

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.