The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewelry and Decorative Items.Though precious coral is found in locations all around the world, Torre del Greco (near Naples, Italy) is the top coral trading center.Notable deposits are also found in the Red Sea, the Bay of Biscay, the Malaysian Archipelago, the Midway Islands, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. Precious coral from Hawaii, coastal Japan, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea is considered to be the finest coral of today. It is the Birthstone for the month of April.
Precious coral exhibits a range of warm pinkish to red colors.IT can also be found in other colors (gold, white, black and blue).
Precious coral is typically translucent to opaque.
Precious coral is most often cut In cabochon of any shape due to its softness and opacity. It is popularly used for beads, ornamental carvings and sculptures.
It comes in all shapes and sizes and the weight varies accordingly.
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TORRE DEL GRECO
Top coral trading center for over 200 years.
This coral from Hawaii is extremely rare and highly desired for its slight chatoyancy.