19” necklace of 7mm bamboo coral beads (dyed) with tiny gold glass seed beads. Gold plated toggle clasp.
(matching earrings also available in my shop)
Coral necklaces like this are frequently seen in paintings from the Renaissance and other historical eras. It was a very popular material for jewelry, rosaries and paternoster prayer beads, as well as made into bracelets and necklaces for infants and children, and can be seen in many portraits of the Madonna and Child, as well as the portraits of wealthy noblewomen. It has been popular as a jewelry material from the Greek and Roman eras on up into the 20th century. Many cultures have believed in its power as a protective talisman against harm.
About our coral beads:
These beautiful coral beads are a special type of coral that has been named "Bamboo Coral" because of the way that it grew when it was alive, thousands of years ago, into elongated rods of coral that had sub-sections within them, much like the look of sticks of bamboo. However, the bamboo coral that is used in these beads is actually fossilized coral that has been mined like stone from either the sea floor or from high mountains, where they were deposited over the millennia from tectonic shifts in the Earth's surface.
The material has been tested to confirm that it is a mined mineral rather than a living coral, because the coral reefs of this planet are so limited in size and number, and also so important to a wide variety of sea life and sea colonies, that they absolutely need to be protected.
There are different sorts of coral that companies are able to apply for licenses to legally mine and utilize in art and in jewelry, but these are protected by CITES laws and agreements, outlining the protection of all life on Earth, and especially of threatened or endangered species and the environments that allow them to thrive.
We are proud to have been able to find an alternate coral material that is 100% safe to mine and utilize for manufacturing, and that takes red dye beautifully and polishes up beautifully, so that our customers can truly call their jewelry utilizing this material "coral" while also knowing that they are not doing any harm to any sea life or sea environments to which coral is so important.