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Spotlight On: Coral Jewelry

Coral jewelry is a popular accessory that is an expression of romanticism and beauty. Since it comes from the depths of the sea, it has almost a mysterious element to its shine. If you are interested in buying a piece of coral jewelry, here are a few things to help you understand these majestic pieces.

What is Coral?

Coral is actually remarkable similar to pearls in the structure, although they differ in appearance a great deal. Coral actually comes from living creatures who live deep in the ocean. They grow in reefs from animals known as coral polyps. The coral reefs themselves are quite beautiful displays of color and ocean life. There are some reefs, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia where coral can not be harvested because it is a protected species.

What are the Characteristics of Coral Jewelry?

Coral jewelry can come in a wide variety of colors and shapes, although red, pink, orange, and blue are some of the most common colors you will in popular jewelry pieces. The more even the color of the piece, chances are the higher quality it is. When the jewelry is not uniform, there is a good chance that the original coral has cracks or other damages and there is colored wax used to fill in the space.

The pieces of jewelry can be cut into many shapes such as necklaces and bracelets. Sometimes they are carved into a specific design, other times they may be smoothed and polished to shine.

How to Take Care of Coral Jewelry

Coral jewelry is best cleaned with a simple damp cloth. It is best to avoid any kind of harsh chemicals. The jewelry should also be handled with care to prevent breaking or scratching. It is best stored separately wrapped in a soft cloth.

Jessica B for Raymond Lee Jewelers, premiere fine jewelry and luxury watch boutique and buyer.

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