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Friday, November 21, 2014

Noble Coral

The coral prized for jewelry is Corallium nobile or Carallium rubrum

Cartier brooch 1950, gold diamonds, coral carved onyx

Found in the southern Irish Sea through the Bay of Biscay to Madeira , the Canaries and Cape Verde
Islands; through the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, Mauritius, the Malay archipelago and Japanese waters.

Bianco- Pure White, Pelle d'angelo-pale flesh pink (angel's skin). Rose pallido-Pale rose, 
Rose vivo-Bright rose, Secondo coloro-Salmon colour, Rosso- Red, Russo Scuro-Dark red, 
Arciscuro or Carbonetto-Very dark red (ox blood)

Victorian coral and diamond demi-parure

Cartier , Paris bracelet 1924, gold enamel, platinum, diamonds, mother of pearl.

 Ar Deco coral brooch, platinum, diamonds, onyx

Cartier Bandeau, coral, tortoise shell, platinum, diamonds, enamel, onyx. 

 Cartier coral bangle, platinum, diamonds 1968

Cartier baroque pearl,  gold, diamond, emeralds, sapphires.
from the collection of the duchess of Windsor 1953

Emilio Terry design 1948

Detail of les Pecheurs des perles Alessandro Allori (1535-1607)
Coral the fruit of the sea is not as abundant as it used to be.
 It have become rare expensive and hard to find in good quality.

Coveted since antiquity

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