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VictorianCarved Coral Fistin Ornate Gold Mounting

$1,200

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 jewelry-carvers used the gem as a medium to create cameos and miniatures like this coral fist in an elaborate curlicue mount as souvenirs for upper class Brits to buy while on the Grand Tour. Hangs from a new 18" 14k gold chain.

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  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), coral, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/8" length, 1/2" at the widest point, 18" chain

Victorian

Aboutthe

VictorianEra

18371901

RelatedHistory Lesson

Coral& the Grand Tour

Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.