Antique coral beads combined with 925 silver wire-work beads, all brought together in a simple yet modern "half-chain" design.
Coral is one of several so-called “organic gemstones,” the other main ones being pearls and amber. Made out of calcium carbonate (as are pearls) that’s secreted by organisms known as polyps, coral is mostly found in tropical oceans, where colonies of polyps are jammed together to create reefs.
Coral has been a prized material in Tibet and the Himalayan regions for many centuries. Indeed, the majority of Tibetans now regard natural red coral to be more precious than gold!
Because of the damage to our coral reefs, we only ever purchase antique coral which was harvested decades ago.
Bolt ring fastening, hand made in the UK.
Length: 42cm (16 1/2")