"scaccia le cattive ombre"
Double row antique coral necklace, 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 inspires on an aesthetic level, as in the case of this necklace with two fine strands. The two rows of pearls in a beautiful salmon red is sorted in the course and strung unknotted. The pearls are hand-cut and of vivid colour; their handcrafted finish also guarantees that the coral pearls were created in the years shortly after 1900, thus preserving a dream of longing from Italy at the turn of the last century that still enchants today.
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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