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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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Sterling Silver Coral and Turquoise Necklace on Leather LOT 1376
May 26, 5:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Coral and Turquoise Necklace on Leather LOT 1376
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$2610 Bids
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LOT OF 2 SOUTHWESTERN GRADUATED CORAL BEAD NECKLACES
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 2 SOUTHWESTERN GRADUATED CORAL BEAD NECKLACES
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$255 Bids
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Beautiful 14K Gold Double Strand Coral Bead Necklace
Jun 02, 2:00 PM EDT
Beautiful 14K Gold Double Strand Coral Bead Necklace
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$254 Bids
Vintage White Coral Beaded Necklace
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage White Coral Beaded Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$23 Bids
Carolyn Pollack Sterling Rhodonite Coral Necklace
May 26, 10:00 AM MST
Carolyn Pollack Sterling Rhodonite Coral Necklace
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
AN ANTIQUE CORAL PEARL AND PERIDOT NECKLACE, with 9ct gold clasp. Length 52cm.
May 27, 10:00 AM AEST
AN ANTIQUE CORAL PEARL AND PERIDOT NECKLACE, with 9ct gold clasp. Length 52cm.
by Raffan Kelaher & Thomas
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD802 Bids
Vintage Turquoise Coral Silver Necklace
May 26, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Turquoise Coral Silver Necklace
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
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Antique Coral Necklace 9ct Gold
Jun 15, 10:00 AM AEST
Antique Coral Necklace 9ct Gold
by Roxbury's Auction House
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD152 Bids
Sterling Silver Turquoise, Coral, Lapis Pendant
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Turquoise, Coral, Lapis Pendant
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
Artisan handmade necklace
Jun 13, 6:00 PM CDT
Artisan handmade necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $42- $126
$251 Bid
Red Coral Multi Strand Necklace
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Red Coral Multi Strand Necklace
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $250- $350
$251 Bid
An Antique Victorian yellow 18k gold pendant with a red coral pearl,black onyx and miniature pearl.
Jun 12, 10:00 AM CEST
An Antique Victorian yellow 18k gold pendant with a red coral pearl,black onyx and miniature pearl.
by Ostantix Auctions
Est: €200- €250
€1601 Bid
COLLECTION OF NATURAL CORAL
May 31, 10:00 AM CDT
COLLECTION OF NATURAL CORAL
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
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KORALLEN-BRILLANT-ANHÄNGER AN GOLD-COLLIER
Jun 06, 10:00 AM CEST
KORALLEN-BRILLANT-ANHÄNGER AN GOLD-COLLIER
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF2,000- CHF3,000
CHF2,0001 Bid
18K Yellow Gold Coral Alhambra Style Necklace
Jun 09, 12:00 PM EDT
18K Yellow Gold Coral Alhambra Style Necklace
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$5501 Bid
HOUSE OF FLORA LUCITE WEDGE STATEMENT NECKLACE$305
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
HOUSE OF FLORA LUCITE WEDGE STATEMENT NECKLACE$305
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$301 Bid
17" STERLING SILVER AND CORAL NECKLACE
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
17" STERLING SILVER AND CORAL NECKLACE
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A Coral Pendant And Gold Chain,
Jun 15, 3:00 PM PDT
A Coral Pendant And Gold Chain,
by Golden State Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
Coral & Onyx Beaded Necklace On Sterling Clasp
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Coral & Onyx Beaded Necklace On Sterling Clasp
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Red Coral Necklace
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Red Coral Necklace
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $200- $300
$251 Bid
LAPIS LAZULI TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
May 27, 10:00 AM CDT
LAPIS LAZULI TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
May 27, 10:00 AM CDT
RED CORAL NECKLACE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Jay King Mine Finds Coral Sterling Necklace
Jun 15, 11:00 AM EDT
Jay King Mine Finds Coral Sterling Necklace
by Retro Roadshow
Est: $100- $200
$51 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Coral Necklaces & Pendants


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp

Raffan Kelaher & Thomas

Raffan Kelaher & Thomas