It's all about the coral.. There's coral and then there's this kinda coral. Acquired from a British estate, the appraisal will tell you all the juicy details about the highest quality of coral you can get..... natural, from the Mediterranean and dense with perfect matching quality. This is the result of Italian craftsmanship rooting their trade in Britain and training others in the fine art of carving coral. To carve perfectly matched coral at this tiny seed bead size is indeed the height of the artisan's skill. It has a soft feel ready for your caresses!
A little known story about the British, Italian connection with coral is told in Jeanne Bell's book on Old Jewelry on page 37 outlining the Victorian's special interest in coral.
"Robert Phillips, an English jeweler, did much to popularize coral. He encouraged Italian craftsmen to come to England, and he entered coral jewelry in all the important exhibitions. This did so much for economy of Naples, where most coral is found, that the King of Naples honored him for his contribution to the industry!"
I hope you read the appraisal as this is an independent certified gemological lab report assessing the quality of this piece of divine jewelry. The replacement value is $3,000!!!! Harold Weinstein is accredited by the American Gem Society. They stake their reputation on each evaluation. That 's why I use them to appraise coral.
This necklace is outstanding quality coral and the color is over the top!! Measures 19" long.
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