The Ancient Romans believed coral had talismanic properties and hung branches of it around their children's necks to safeguard them from danger. This Georgian child's crucifix was made with that protective spirit in mind. The necklace is strung with coral beads and features a gold crucifix set with coral cabochons at the center.
Red coral, 18k gold (tests)
14 3/4" length, 1/2" cross
1714 — 1837
Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.