Coral jewelry has a timeless appeal, and is more popular than ever today. It's really our specialty and one of our favorite types of jewelry. The demand for coral continues to grow despite new trade and harvesting regulations. All of our coral jewelry is vintage and has been in the U.S. for many years. Coral is an organic gemstone and unfortunately, coral reefs are endangered. They are threatened by warming ocean waters, harmful bacteria, pollution, and destructive fishing methods. Fine coral jewelry is getting rarer and more expensive all the time.
The prices have tripled in the last 2-3 years. Think of buying coral like an investment, the price of coral jewelry will go up, because the supply is very limited. The premier coral on the market is still "oxblood" red coral which is from the species Corallium. Most of it is harvested in the deep waters of the Mediterranean, and then polished and cut in Italy or Japan. Pink or Angel skin coral is always popular and commands a high price too.
We have some pieces that are from the Victorian era to the more recent past. We try and carry a great variety of styles and colors, and of course every spectrum of red. See our coral jewelry that is for sale.
Coral Jewelry was very popular in the nineteenth century. It was a tradition for children to wear coral necklaces and it was thought to ward off diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits and danger. The Europeans in the Victorian era thought coral had curative and protective powers. It was a favorite christening present for the Victorians. That is why you will often find antique necklaces and bracelets in small sizes. Naples, Italy became the central source for coral and most of the expert carvers and jewelers were from Italy. They carved it in many shapes, flowers, charms and beads. They were often used in cameos and brooches. The dark red and orange red colors were the most plentiful. Here are a few lovely samples.
Chokers, chatelaines, lavalieres, earrings, feathers and festoons were all the rage and very fashionable. Coral was still found on brooches, cameos and all types of jewelry. Coral was used more in its natural branch form.
Many varied influences worked to produce the style called Art Deco. Egyptian, geometric and modernist designs take the place of flowers and fleur-de-lis. Many natural materials were popular such as, ivory, amber, coral and gemstones. Coral was still found on brooches, cameos and all types of jewelry. Coral was used more in its natural branch form.
We also have a great supply loose coral beads available, if you want to make your own jewelry. We have the most comprehensive collection on the web. See our coral beads that are for sale.
Please contact us if you are looking for coral jewelry you can't find, we have a lot more coral than we can list.