Precious coral is a gem with a bit of a difference. Unlike most other precious stones, coral grows on the sea bed. It can be found at depths of anything from ten to three hundred meters below sea level, mainly in the mediterranean sea.
The gem varies in colour from pale pink to deep red. It’s naturally matte, but polishes to a beautiful shimmery shine. Coral has been enjoyed as a decorative gem since prehistoric times, but experienced a particular heyday in Victorian times.
Greek mythology explains the origin of coral with the story of Perseus, but unfortunately it’s a bit of a gory one! It was believed that after Perseus cut off the head of Medusa, he placed it on the riverbank while he washed his hands. When he retrieved Medusa’s head, he saw that her blood had turned the seaweed into coral.
Worn best with…
We think coral looks at it’s best when paired with solved toned metals, as this allows it’s beautiful colour to really stand out!
Coral is a beautiful every day stone, but the bright colour makes it bold enough to work as a statement piece for more formal occasions.
It can work well when paired with other gemstones, but it’s bright shade often means that it looks it’s best when worn alone.
Famous coral gems…
This one may not be strictly factual, but some of the most famous precious coral gems in history are the mythical ones that were believed to adorn the sea king Poseidon’s underwater palace!