Coral is a branching plant-like structure composed of calcium carbonate, formed by the skeletal remains of marine polyp. When polished, this resinous material becomes lustrous. It was highly popular in Victorian jewellery, as it was believed that it would to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Earlier on, the Romans believed that coral prevented childhood ailments.
Precious coral is typically red, pink, orange, white or black. The pale rose pink variety of coral is named ‘angel’s skin.’ The majority of precious coral is sourced from the South of Japan. Black coral is sourced from the West Indies. Coral production is strictly controlled by environmental laws.
Coral is a soft material and is usually fashioned into carvings, beads and cabochons. Coral can be gifted for thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.