Coral Necklaces & Pendants

Coral is one of the few organic materials as prized as pearls or amber, in part because of its brilliant color and relative softness, which allowed for easy polishing and carving by cultures over the ages. Today, it is becoming increasingly protected in the wild.

The most coveted type of coral is species known as “Corallium rubrum.” It is known for its recognizable branching and range of color from melon pink to deep red, and it is predominant along the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Given this geographic preference, it is not a coincidence that the ancient Greeks and Romans incorporated coral into their jewelry designs, and they also used it as a talisman for children to dispel disease. At virtually the same time, East Asian jewelers also experimented with coral, developing brilliantly bright coral beaded pieces. Coral charms and pendants were popular through the Renaissance as a similar portent of good luck, a connotation that stuck well into the 19th century.


Quick Facts

  • The ancient Greeks believed coral originated from the blood of Medusa. When Perseus set her head next to the banks of a river, a small rivulet of her blood poured into the waters and transformed nearby seaweed into coral
  • Coral was second to turquoise in its popularity among Native American tribes from the 16th and 17th centuries. Given access to coral from European traders and explorers, artists capitalized by incorporating the brilliant shades into their pieces
  • Wealthy families of the Victorian era often purchased elegant coral baby teethers. Typically constructed of a smoothed branch of coral inset in a gold or silver mount, such a teether was not so much practical as it was precious

Recommended Items at Auction

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14K YELLOW GOLD ANGELSKIN CORAL 5 STRAND CHOKER
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
14K YELLOW GOLD ANGELSKIN CORAL 5 STRAND CHOKER
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$30010 Bids
8 Beaded Necklaces, Pearls with 14kt Gold Clasp & Coral with 14kt Gold Clasp, Turquoise, Amethyst, Tiger Eye, Lapis, Etc.
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
8 Beaded Necklaces, Pearls with 14kt Gold Clasp & Coral with 14kt Gold Clasp, Turquoise, Amethyst, Tiger Eye, Lapis, Etc.
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$753 Bids
A 19TH CENTURY CORAL NECKLACE
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
A 19TH CENTURY CORAL NECKLACE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£502 Bids
G: Gerald Estate Earring and Necklace Coral Set
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
G: Gerald Estate Earring and Necklace Coral Set
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $200- $600
$302 Bids
Coral Beaded Pendant Necklace, 10k Gold Clasp
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Coral Beaded Pendant Necklace, 10k Gold Clasp
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$212 Bids
4k Yellow Gold Clasp Angel Skin Coral Necklace. Length 19" in good condition
Oct 19, 4:00 PM EDT
4k Yellow Gold Clasp Angel Skin Coral Necklace. Length 19" in good condition
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Asiatische Kette mit Lapislazulis und Koralle.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Asiatische Kette mit Lapislazulis und Koralle.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€801 Bid
Coral Pendant Necklace With Sterling Clasp
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Coral Pendant Necklace With Sterling Clasp
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Red coral necklace
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Red coral necklace
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2751 Bid
Coral 3 Strand Beaded Necklace With Floral Pendant
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Coral 3 Strand Beaded Necklace With Floral Pendant
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Coral 14k Gold Necklace With Figural Coral Pendant
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Coral 14k Gold Necklace With Figural Coral Pendant
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Coral Necklace
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Coral Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Coral Necklace With Sterling Clasp
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Coral Necklace With Sterling Clasp
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
CHINESE 18K CARVED RED CORAL 3 3/4" PIN / PENDANT
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
CHINESE 18K CARVED RED CORAL 3 3/4" PIN / PENDANT
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
14K, DIAMOND & ANGEL SKIN CORAL PENDANT & NECKLACE
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
14K, DIAMOND & ANGEL SKIN CORAL PENDANT & NECKLACE
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $500- $1,500
$2001 Bid
Pearl, Coral & Green Beaded Necklace
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Pearl, Coral & Green Beaded Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Y A coral and diamond-set necklace
Oct 22, 11:00 AM BST
Y A coral and diamond-set necklace
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,0000 Bids
*NECKLACE
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
*NECKLACE
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €1,200- €1,800
€6000 Bids
NECKLACE
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
NECKLACE
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €3,500- €4,500
€1,7000 Bids
*NECKLACE
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
*NECKLACE
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €300- €400
€1500 Bids
NECKLACE
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
NECKLACE
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €500- €700
€2500 Bids
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18-reihiges Korallen Collier mit Federring Verschluss,ca.L- 67cm, 160g.
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
18-reihiges Korallen Collier mit Federring Verschluss,ca.L- 67cm, 160g.
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
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20-reihiges Korallen Collier mit ovalen Achat Anhänger
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
20-reihiges Korallen Collier mit ovalen Achat Anhänger
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€300 Bids
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Lange Korallen Halskette, L- 104cm,D- 6,5mm 29 g.
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Lange Korallen Halskette, L- 104cm,D- 6,5mm 29 g.
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Coral Necklaces & Pendants


Estate Jewelry Auctioneers

Estate Jewelry Auctioneers

Riverside Galleries, Inc

Riverside Galleries, Inc

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl