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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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Coral-necklace with 14 kt gold brilliant - clasp
Mar 01, 12:00 PM CET
Coral-necklace with 14 kt gold brilliant - clasp
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €220- €880
€9507 Bids
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 12, 1:00 PM CST
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1506 Bids
Sterling Turquoise Coral & Abalone Necklace
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Sterling Turquoise Coral & Abalone Necklace
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
20" STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE AND CORAL PENDANT NECKLACE
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
20" STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE AND CORAL PENDANT NECKLACE
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Colar em coral mediterrânico, com fecho em metal. Defeitos. Comp. aprox.: 36 cm.
Mar 04, 7:00 PM WET
Colar em coral mediterrânico, com fecho em metal. Defeitos. Comp. aprox.: 36 cm.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €40- €80
€401 Bid
Heavy Chunky Red Coral Beaded Necklace
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Heavy Chunky Red Coral Beaded Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
STAB-KORALLEN HALSKETTE MIT FEDERRING
Mar 01, 11:00 AM CET
STAB-KORALLEN HALSKETTE MIT FEDERRING
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€201 Bid
LAPIS LAZULI AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Mar 04, 2:00 PM CST
LAPIS LAZULI AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Mixed Turquoise and Coral Multi-Strand Necklace
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Mixed Turquoise and Coral Multi-Strand Necklace
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $50- $250
$251 Bid
Silver Turquoise & Coral Beaded Necklace
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Silver Turquoise & Coral Beaded Necklace
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Asian Silver/Turquoise/Coral Silk Moth Necklace
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Asian Silver/Turquoise/Coral Silk Moth Necklace
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Conjunto de 3 pendentes, mão e 2 "figas" em ouro 800 e outro, ametista, osso e coral, P. 16,4 g. (3)
Mar 04, 7:00 PM WET
Conjunto de 3 pendentes, mão e 2 "figas" em ouro 800 e outro, ametista, osso e coral, P. 16,4 g. (3)
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 12, 1:00 PM CST
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 18, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL AND LAPIS HORN PENDANT
Jan 21, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL AND LAPIS HORN PENDANT
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL HORN PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 22, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL HORN PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL TURQUOISE AND LAPIS HORN PENDANT
Jan 21, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL TURQUOISE AND LAPIS HORN PENDANT
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 21, 1:00 PM CST
CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 21, 1:00 PM CST
CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
GOLDPLATE AND CORAL BEADED NECKLACE
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
GOLDPLATE AND CORAL BEADED NECKLACE
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $50- $60
$400 Bids
Carved Angelskin Coral Boatman Pendant
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Carved Angelskin Coral Boatman Pendant
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Colar de contas de coral mediterrânico em forma de "pipos", com pendente representando buda
Mar 04, 7:00 PM WET
Colar de contas de coral mediterrânico em forma de "pipos", com pendente representando buda
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €120- €240
€1200 Bids
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A FINE RED CORAL NECKLACE WITH PENDANT
Mar 03, 11:00 AM EST
A FINE RED CORAL NECKLACE WITH PENDANT
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $40- $60
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Coral Necklaces & Pendants


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp

Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.

Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.

William's Auctions, LLC

William's Auctions, LLC