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Large coral bead

Coral bead

Large antique coral bead: approx.2,6 cm long and 2 cm diameter. The weight is approx 25 grams. The bead is not symmetrical nor is the hole in the centre (not drilled with an automatic tool) The hard skeleton of red coral branches is naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine.  It exhibits a range of warm reddish pink colours from pale pink to deep red; Owing to its intense and permanent colouration and glossiness, precious coral skeletons have been harvested since antiquity for decorative uses.

Name: Coral Bead

Period:1900 1950

Origin: Zanzibar or Asia (Tibet China)

Coral beads in Omani jewellery has often, already decades ago,  been replaced by cheap ceramic or glass beads. These modern replacements are often much more symmetrical. Omani jewellery examples with genuine coral tends to be older than the ones with fake coal.