What is Coral Jewellery? History & Origin
By definition, corals are a group of marine animals that take root from the ocean floor. And the jewelry is basically made from the skeletons of these animals. Corals can be both precious and semi-precious, depending on their color, porosity, luster and hardness.
Of all forms of coral, red coral is the most popular and precious and in huge demand. You get the best and most red corals from the Mediterranean countries and also China and Japan.
Coral jewelry traces its origins to the Egyptian civilization and also pre historic Europe. It gained popularity during the Victorian era. It was from the Mediterranean that coral jewellery touched Indian shores. Once here, it was said to have astrological properties and hence favoured by many.
According to the Vedas, coral is a representation of Mars and generates heat, and gives warmth to those living in cold areas. It is also popular with certain tribes in India, such as the Khasis in the North East.
Since they are soft and porous, red corals can be easily crafted into beads that are irregular in shape and size, one can also make them into geometric shapes. There is an amazing range of Indian fashion jewellery you can craft with red corals – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants. When worn as an astrological gemstone jewellery it is set in pure gold or silver.
Coral is supposed to improve mental and physical health, make one courageous and strong, inside out. It is popular for its aesthetic appeal as well. Also, people belonging to mesha rashi, karka rashi, singh, vrischika and meena rashi should wear red coral as a rashi ratna ring for better personal and professional lives.
Available Price Range:
Coral is valued in carats and a coral stone can be priced at Rs 500 per carat, going up to Rs 5,000 per carat. When used in fashion jewellery, one should include the price of the craftsmanship and design in the value.
Best Combination With Dress:
Coral jewellery is versatile and goes well both Indian and western attire, formal and casual dresses. You can wear a chunky coral necklace with a skirt or trousers, or team drop earrings with kurta and a saree. Plain t shirts or cardigans also provide a stylish backdrop for statement coral jewellery.
How To Care:
Given its organic roots, it is best to let coral jewellery breathe. So plenty of oxygen is a must. Keep in a dry cotton pouch. Clean with a damp cloth first and then dry it. Avoid harsh chemicals and other cleaning agents. You can occasionally use warm soapy water to rinse it, but never soak it. Remember, it is highly porous.
Do not leave your coral jewellery exposed to sunlight and heat, avoid very humid corners and keep away from swimming pools. You can use acid-free tissue paper to wrap your jewellery before storing.