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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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Very Fine 14K Gold Pink Coral Bead Necklace
Oct 20, 6:00 PM EDT
Very Fine 14K Gold Pink Coral Bead Necklace
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$13012 Bids
Red Coral Multi Strand Necklace
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Red Coral Multi Strand Necklace
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 06, 1:00 PM CST
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1304 Bids
Vintage three-row red coral necklace with a 14K. yellow gold closure.
Oct 12, 10:00 AM CEST
Vintage three-row red coral necklace with a 14K. yellow gold closure.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €120- €200
€802 Bids
RARE TREASURE CHEST PENDANT WITH RED CORAL 14K
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
RARE TREASURE CHEST PENDANT WITH RED CORAL 14K
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $3,500- $3,600
$302 Bids
Assorted Coral Jewelry, Necklace,
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Coral Jewelry, Necklace,
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
2 Necklaces with coral
Oct 06, 10:00 AM CEST
2 Necklaces with coral
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€801 Bid
White & Pink Coral Necklace
Oct 10, 6:00 PM EDT
White & Pink Coral Necklace
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
LAPIS LAZULI AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 11, 1:00 PM CDT
LAPIS LAZULI AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$401 Bid
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 23, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 23, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL HORN PENDANT
Nov 14, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL HORN PENDANT
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 23, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL DECORATIVE HORN PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 20, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL DECORATIVE HORN PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL AND BONE CARVED FEATHER PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 01, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL AND BONE CARVED FEATHER PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL AND CARVED BONE WING PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 05, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL AND CARVED BONE WING PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
FOSSILIZED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 04, 1:00 PM CST
FOSSILIZED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL WIRE TREE OF LIFE PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 02, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL WIRE TREE OF LIFE PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL WIRE TREE OF LIFE PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 02, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL WIRE TREE OF LIFE PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
RED CORAL, TURQUOISE AND LAPIS PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 03, 1:00 PM CST
RED CORAL, TURQUOISE AND LAPIS PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
LAPIS, TURQUOISE, AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 03, 1:00 PM CST
LAPIS, TURQUOISE, AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
LAPIS, TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 03, 1:00 PM CST
LAPIS, TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
LAPIS, TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 03, 1:00 PM CST
LAPIS, TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 06, 1:00 PM CST
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Coral Necklaces & Pendants


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Estate Jewelry Auctioneers

Estate Jewelry Auctioneers

Veilinghuis de Ruiter

Veilinghuis de Ruiter

Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus