Black Coral Pacific Ocean, along with Spondylus worked in necklaces, are completely handmade. We are craftsmen which we make these necklaces, you will understand that the pieces can not draw the series. Individual Necklaces for women and men.
How to Tell If Coral Jewelry Is Real Coral jewelry has been found in ancient grave sites from as far back as 10,000 B.C. and was especially popular during Victorian times and in the 1920s. But there are some pretty convincing fakes out there. Plastic, bone, shell, fossil ivory, howlite and onyx are some of the materials used to make imitation coral. Also, low quality corals have been filled with epoxy and polished to hide flaws. Use these tests to determine if that beautiful coral jewelry piece you have is the real thing or a cheap imitation Instructions How To Test 1 The first step in determining if a piece of jewelry is real or fake is its weight. Real coral jewelry is heavier than imitations. 2 Put your jewelry piece in a small ceramic bowl and cover it with cow’s milk. 3 Leave the jewelry in the milk at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. If the coral jewelry is real, it will color the milk. If the piece is fake, the whiteness of the milk will remain unchanged. 4 Another test is to place a drop or two of nitric acid or lemon juice on an inconspicuous place, like the back of a particular piece of jewelry. If the coral is real, the spot will effervesce and form tiny bubbles on its surface.
Coral is an “organic” gem, not a mineral. It comes from a living material. Coral is the calcium carbonate house which is built much the same way an oyster secretes his protective shell home. The difference is that the oyster does this for one shell and it takes thousands, millions or billions of these communal polyps over decades or even centuries to build these collective houses.
1. The formations resemble tree branches when seen in the water. Coral occurs in a variety of colors – white, pink orange red, blue and black. I have seen a blue which comes from Hawaii that doesn’t seem very popular. (Perhaps that is because the blue isn’t very pretty.) Angel skin coral, white with a pink or peach blush is one of the more expensive varieties and is used extensively in fine jewelry. However, the most expensive and now the rarest coral is red coral often called noble or oxblood coral This is a very deep red, not an orange red with which it is sometimes confused.
The best red, or noble, coral comes from the seas around Italy where it becoming rare. White coral comes from Japanese waters and the black comes from Mexico and Hawaii. Coral is also found in Australia, the Red Sea, and the Malaysian Archipelago. It is found at depths of from 10 to 1000 feet and is harvested by dredging a wide-meshed net over the sea bed. This method often destroys much valuable material as coral grows with its broad base on the rocky seabed.
For twenty centuries or more coral was classed with precious gems and can be found adorning ancient amulets along side of emeralds, pearls, rubies and diamonds. By the 16th century it had been “experimentally proved” to cure madness, give wisdom and calm storms. Along with this coral enabled to traveler to cross broad rivers and to prevent sterility. WOW!
Red coral symbolizes attachment, devotion and protection against plague and pestilence. There is one more special quality coral has. When a friend of the wearer is about to die, it loses its color. In order to make this power effective, the coral should not be cut or polished, but left in its natural state. Today there are those who still believe coral loses it magical power if it has been cut.
Two things you should know about coral are its porocity and softness. It is about 3 ½ to 4 on Moh’s scale so be cautious when wearing it especially in a ring. .Coral scratches and abrades easily. Bright lights have a tendency to darken it and coral may be hurt by heat and bright lights. Coral is best stored in a cloth bag with an even temperature and humidity.
Acids and solvents soften, swell, melt and dissolve coral. You should be careful around chlorinated swimming pools, turpentine, ammonia., alcohol, nail polish remover and other chemicals. Avoid brushes, abrasives and contact with harder materials.
Coral is a lovely gem and usually pricey, so you need to be a cautious buyer as there are many imitations on the ;market – glass and plastic being the most common. Other less expensive stones have been dyed to imitate coral.
Take a look in the STOCK 4 SALE to find some examples of coral necklaces and earrings. You will notice that most of the stones I have are small and are polished..