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Coral jewellery

Sunday, 07 September 2008

coral jewelleryThe incomparable Marilyn Monroe believed that diamonds were the best friends of a girl. However, she did not talk with contempt about other precious stones, like many other beautiful girls who adore glamour. Treasures have always attracted people. Adventurers and pirates sought them, the rich misers languished by them. They inspired eminent couturiers.

From time immemorial, charming "stones" were particularly regarded as corals. They are embodiment of summer, sea and sun. They were used to decorate jewels of the most famous firms worldwide. Despite the special popularity of corals, scientists so far have been unable to determine the true etymology of their names. Some think it comes from the Greek word koraillon, meaning hard calcareous skeleton of the coral animal. Others believe the name comes from the phrase "kura halos", meaning "mermaid" because coral branches somehow resemble the shapes of people. Others favour the theory that the word comes from the Hebrew word goral, meaning "casting stone".

Corals live in depths between three to three hundred metres in the seas around Japan, Taiwan, northeastern Australia, the Malayan Archipelago in the Red and Mediterranean Seas, the Bay of Biscay, at the Canary and Midway Islands, off the coast of Sardinia, Tunisia, Algeria, Yugoslavia and Turkey. The coral reefs and atolls of the Pacific Ocean or Australia are one of the impressive wonders of nature. Despite their beauty, these corals are not used as jewellery. Only corals such as "Corallium rubrum" or "Corallium japonicum"are used for jewellery purposes. Like pearls, corals belong to the organic material and also consist of about 90% carbonic lime. It is paradoxical that beautiful pearls and amazing corals were born from such simple material. It once again proves that nature does not make mistakes. Man should only know how to use his gifts.

Corals are products of tiny living creatures, which settled in the depths of warm seas in vast colonies. First, polyps secrete special calcareous substance from which coral branches are then formed. From their thickest parts, the valuable raw material is obtained which is used for jewellery, piercing, large coral beads and carvings.
The fragile coral trees are usually got from the seabed using dragnets. Since first class corals, however, has become rather rare, today a more environment conscious approach is generally applied and divers collect the fragile coral branches. After that, the pieces are cleaned, sorted, and treated with saws, knives, files and drills. By the way, corals are hardly ever cut because they are fragile. Raw corals appear dull and matted. They receive their beautiful gloss through polishing.

Corals need not necessarily be red, although the red color is their typical colour. They may be in a range of shades of white, blue, brown and even black. The most coveted are the red shades, ranging from pale petal pink and salmon to deep velvety red. When pieces made of them are used to decorate golden earrings and golden brackets, elite expensive watches and other jewellery and ornaments, any self-respecting fashion-conscious person would not pass by such "trinkets". Pieces from blue corals are very rare. The pale pink colors are particularly considered as expensive. They are also called "angel skin" coral. Other popular specimens are the deeply satiated red Japanese "Moro coral", pale pink "Boke" and the red "Sardena".

Coral jewellery should be carefully stored and be cleaned from time to time with a soft, wet cloth. Do not worry should the surface be scratched in spite of all care; a jeweller will be able to polish it up. Root and foam corals are less expensive. The root corals are independent coral species: coral bush. Jewellery with foam corals are occasionally found in the market. Foam corals are heavier than root corals and more expensive. Both kinds are supplied in large quantities by Japan. They are very popular in Japan. For ages now, corals have been used as jewellery and worshipped as a protective stone. Corals are used as a talisman in order to ward off evil spirits. Many people think these "stones" are capable of reducing tension and fear and help to solve problems in family life. By the way, corals favourably work when worn on the skin and improve the state of health of the one who is wearing them. That is why by acquiring beautiful "stones", you are not only decorating yourself, but also improving your health.

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