cor·al | ˈkȯr-əl
A form of Calcium Carbonate, secreted in long chains by coral polyps who live in colonies under the ocean
In essence, coral, the form of calcium carbonate, is located in oceans and seas worldwide. However, the majority used in jewelry making, which calls for the best of the best available, derives from Sardinia and the coast of Sicily, located in the Mediterranean Sea. Coral is diverse in many ways, one of which is its colors, which are readily available in red, orange, salmon, white, and a pale pink (often referred to “angel skin coral”). In jewelry making terms, coral may be transformed into cameos, beads, and various other forms; sometimes, it’s even left in its organic form and then polished off for a luminous touch. In the mid-Victorian era, large brooches of coral were commonly found in precise carved high-relief floral sprays or faces. An old adage you may hear coral protects the wearer, making it a perfect gift for a person of any age or gender.