Coral - a symbol of youth, health and hope.
Color: Coral comes in a variety of colors: in red, rose, orange, blue, white and black.
Description: Coral is the skeletal material of calcium carbonate, built up by small animals that live in colonies in the sea. Red, pink, and white coral is mostly calcium carbonate. Black and golden coral is conchiolin.
Coral is usually branchlike and occurs in a variety of colors, of which the most sought after are rose red to red. In addition to coral, a number of other organic materials, including amber, pearl, ivory, and jet, are considered gems.
Wedding anniversary: Coral is the anniversary gemstone for the 35th year of marriage.
Care and treatment: Coral is especially fragile. Protect coral from scratches and sharp blows. Store corals in separate boxes. Also avoid large temperature changes. Do not clean coral in a home ultrasonic cleaner.
From the stone history: A variety of forms were used in the Indian jewelry for the earrings, in which pearls, filigree, gems, and coral appeared in floral compositions based on the contrast between the different colors. Coral is thought by the ancients to be a stone.
Shopping guide: Corals are beautiful in rings, necklaces, and pendants. Coral is said to protect children and it is given as a gift to children in many countries. Coral is often imitated by plastic, glass, porcelain, and stained bone. Natural coral has a distinctive wood grain texture which can help identify it as the real thing.
Healing ability: Coral is used in difficulties of the lungs and digestion. It relates to the circulation of the blood and to the heart.
Coral helps restore harmony in the event of emotional conflict. It works against nutritional deficiencies, depression and lethargy.
Mystical power: Coral is said to cure madness and give wisdom. Coral is used to build an emotional foundation.
Coral protects children. It aids in the safe crossing of rivers, passages through tempests. It excites nerve power, brilliancy and gladness and is a true health-giver. Note that coral loses its powers when broken.
Deposits: Coral is found on the African coasts, Australia, Japan, Mediterranean coasts, Malaysia, and the West Indies. The best coral comes from the Mediterranean Sea, particularly off the coasts of Algeria and Tunisia.
A black horny coral growth, probably conchiolin, which hardens on exposure to air, has been obtained off the islands of Hawaii.
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