Coral jewelry has a dramatic beauty that comes directly from nature. Along with pearl and amber, coral is considered an organic gemstone. Despite its rich radiance, coral is actually the aggregated skeletal remains of thousands of tiny marine invertebrates. Individual animals called polyps create exoskeletons, which when amassed together in a colony, create beautiful coral heads that have been prized for jewelry and decoration since the earliest history of man. Victorians carved coral into delicate cameos and roses, and American Indians also integrated red coral into their jewelry designs.
Coral occurs in just about every color, including pink, white, yellow, orange, lavender, blue and black. But red coral is by far the most sought after color for gemstones. It is the most rare color, as well, due in part to over-harvesting. Jewel of Havana only carries coral that is legally and sustainably harvested.
Jewel of Havana has unique coral necklaces that beautifully pair coral stones with fine or sterling silver or gold. Our red coral earrings and coral layering necklaces are a vivid, eye catching addition to any jewelry collection.
Coral is very soft and needs to be treated with care. Do not put coral in jewelry dips or ultrasonic
cleaners. Instead use a clean, soft cloth on it, and rinse it in warm, soapy water. Store your coral jewelry in an individual cloth pouch, or in its own compartment in a jewelry box to avoid scratches. Wrap larger pieces in tissue for extra protection. As with all your hand strung jewelry, always store flat to prolong the life of your necklaces.
The anniversary gemstone for 35 years of marriage, coral symbolizes joy and happiness, and is believed to calm emotions and provide protection. Wear it, and the vibrancy of coral will certainly bring joy and happiness to you, and affect the spirits of anyone you meet.
Ana Maria Andricain
Ana is a metal clay certified artist creating handcrafted nature inspired artisan jewelry from her Baton Rouge studio. If you love natural gemstones and metal, welcome home!