Laden with luxurious beauty, this large bead natural coral necklace offers unparalleled beauty. This necklace most definitely delivers the wow factor and, with the added treat of matching earrings, you will be in coral heaven. Crafted of 120 grams of vibrant hand carved natural red coral, this necklace offers not only large scale beads but a rarely seen extra long length of 24-1/2" (just over 62cm).
With age of the coral estimated at 1920-1930, this Art Deco delight is comprised of 54 beads ranging from 16.5mm (just under 11/16") at center and graduating down to 9.5mm at the clasp. The color of the coral is a vibrant orange red without any white veins or spots. Due to the uniformity of the color, we believe the coral to be Mediterranean in origin but it could also be a very high grade of Momo coral that does not display any white. Unlike other colored gems, there currently are no computerized tests to decipher origin for coral. See our photo of this necklace next to a smaller known Momo coral strand.
The beads are hand carved in the slightly off round shape, originally intended to slightly hug one another when strung antique style without knots. The center bead measures an amazing 16.5x15.5mm, with the four neighboring beads at 15.1x13.8mm, 15.0x13.4mm, 14.6x12.5mm and 14.8x13.7mm. There are 21 beads at 12mm or larger and only seven beads under 10mm. The beads at mid-line measure 11.5mm. The necklace weighs a commanding 120 grams.
The large showpiece clasp is a more modern Mid Century addition. It is crafted of 14K yellow gold in the shape of a rose blossom with a flawless white cultured pearl at center. The gold rose measures 18x19.5mm (just under and over 3/4"). It features a wide tongue and groove closure as well as a figure 8 safety clasp for added security. Inclusive of pearl, the clasp measures just under 1/2" thick. It is hallmarked " 14K". With the coral predating the clasp by 20-30 years, it is either a replacement or the coral may have been held for some time for investment prior to initial offering.
The matching earrings are crafted from matching coral button cabochons and fitted with 14K pierced posts. Each button is smoothly finished, uniform in color. There are no surfaces pits on presenting side with one button exhibiting one small fissure on its backside. Each button slightly differs in size, one at 11.5x6.2mm and the other at 11.8x6mm. This is common for cabochons and especially button cuts. This is not noticeable when side by side or when worn. Each is fitted with a 7.5mm wide pad for post stability and matching 14K butterfly backs. These posts are likely replacements for original non-pierced screwback fittings. Together, the earrings weigh 4 grams with backs, 3.3 grams without.
The coral is natural, undyed or treated in any manner. The coral's hue is uniform and without any white spots or veins that are associated with Pacific Momo coral. The coral is dense and exhibits excellent light refraction. The beads are smoothly cut with a glossy polish that is more consistent with post Mid Century corals. The surfaces are clean without crevasses and only minute fissures near the bead holes on just a few of the beads. These are not visible to the naked eye. When magnified, the coral displays an excellent fingerprint (growth plate).
The actual hue is deeper than salmon but not as deep as tomato red, nor as deep as paprika. The color is more muted than our photos reflect as the camera did not capture the coral's earthy undertones, unique to the Mediterranean red corals. All photos taken in natural daylight. We have paired this necklace with others currently available in ou shop for size and color. We are always happy to answer any questions or furnish more photos to help assist with color evaluation. So don't be shy, just ask. We understand the importance of color. Do note that smaller screens from smartphones and tablets always display darker.
This necklace has been freshly restrung in house with knots in our signature hand tied method, giving you more coral to the inch as well as added security and longevity. The coral is in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips in the coral. The clasp is also in excellent operating condition with no issues to the rose itself. The pearl exhibits no damage and is securely seated. The earrings are also in excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks and the posts and backs are in great shape.
The superb quality, bead size, long length and condition of this necklace and earring suite make this an excellent investment piece that can be worn and enjoyed without worry. There will be no more.
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Grand 14K Sardinian Red Coral 9.5-16.5mm Bead Necklace & Earring Suite 124 grams
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