In Ancient Rome, a branch of coral worn around the neck was believed to shield the wearer from harm. Similarly, the Ancient Greeks thought that coral could reverse the ill effects of poisoning and evil spells. Coral, one of the most valuable of the organic gemstones, has been regarded as a sacred gem with talismanic properties across many cultures and even more centuries. In the mid 19th century, Italian carvers used the gem as a medium to create cameos and miniatures like this piece. How appropriate that this protective material has been fashioned in the curved shape of an angel.
10k gold (tests), coral
Very good - natural dark inclusions visible on the surface of the coral; this was likely originally part of a larger piece and was remounted as a pendant
hangs at 16", 1" angel
1837 — 1901
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Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.