School has started, and summer is almost over, so I wanted to do a post on one of the great gemstones of summer: Coral. Even though it's not really a gemstone (chemically it is similar to the pearl), coral is the "stone" of the sea. It is also one of the most ancient gems, having been used since prehistoric times. Coral ornaments have been unearthed in tombs dating from 500BC. Ancient Chinese cultures used them to signify wealth and power, and oftentimes the emperors wore red coral in their belts and headdresses. In Ancient Rome, it was a custom to hang red coral from the necks of children to protect them from harm. This is how we get to the coral jewelry we wear today.
Rose coral and diamonds come together in this
spectacular pair of unique earrings,
handmade of course in 18kt rose gold.
Coral comes in a ranges of colors, with red and pink being some of the most popular for jewelry designs. It is usually cut into bead or cabochons for use in the jewelry design trade, and its organic characteristics inspire what some call a natural or even summery look.
Although coral has been historically used by many cultures for it's healing properties, it is still used today for the same purposes. It is said to help keep harmony, relieve tension and reduce fear. These are all very good reasons to wear coral jewelry year round, but I love coral because it has, from a design viewpoint, a lot of versatility. Coral can appear, depending on the design of the piece, exotic, elegant, natural, earthy classic or ethnic. In the earrings below, you can clearly see that this is an elegant and timeless piece, with the coral adding a splash of modern color.
|Delicate and chic.|
Handmade drop style earrings in coral, diamonds, and
18kt rose gold.
With its exotic tones ranging from red to pink, coral complements every skin color. Nothing is sexier than a coral bracelet like then one below next to tan skin and breezy, flowing clothes.
|So nice you got to have them twice!|
From the top: coral and diamond bangle;
black Tahitian pearl and diamond bangle;
both beauties in 18kt rose gold.
If you prefer smaller pieces or are still afraid to wear a lot of color, the ring below is an option so you can at least have some coral in your jewelry box. The coral ties in perfectly with the flower theme, looking very natural and earthy, without loosing that touch of femininity. The diamonds take this piece from day to night in a flash, making this a very versatile piece.
A beautiful and unique ring made of a "solitaire"
coral bead, diamonds, and 18kt gold.
Coral is much softer than other gemstones, so you do have to treat it with extreme care. Be careful around hot water, perfumes and chemicals, as coral is porous and may change in texture or color. Coral should always be stored properly, and protected from scratches or blows. Cleaning it is very simple, just wipe with a clean damp cloth, dry and store to keep its unique qualities.
Hope you are enjoying your summer. Here in Miami it seems to last forever, so don't forget to keep cool and hydrated.