Sunday, February 17, 2013

Carved Pink Coral Vintage Necklace 24in Twin Rose Buds 1950s Jewelry $295

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This is not a common carved coral necklace to find.

Made in the late 1950s or early 1960s, most carved rose bud pink coral necklaces featured single carved rose buds. This necklace has large, oversized coral beads, with double rose buds carved at each end.

The pink coral is exceptional quality and as a retired marine biologist, I have seen more than my share of coral. Im a huge coral collector and malacologist. Pink coral like this isn't harvested anymore. Pink coral is circumtropical and it used to be harvested by divers at depths between 90 to 120 feet. Today, all around the world, there is no more pink coral at these depths and what is there is in a juvenile state with very thin stalks and branches. When I say thin, I mean just couple of millimeters.

This is one way to know you've got good, old, pink coral : by the thickness of the branches or the stalks. Another indication of great quality coral is by the luster, the lack of porosity or calcification, and by the uniformity of the variegated pink/white colors, and the saturation of the hues.

Also, novices who buy new coral jewelry are often completely fooled as they are really buying white coral or sea shells that has been dyed pink. Price is typically, but not always, a good indicator of quality pink coral.

Trust me when I tell you, there is a huge difference between great quality old coral and new low grade coral. Look at the photos of the necklaces above, which are for sale online and advertised as pink coral . These necklaces are not pink coral at all ! They are 100% dyed sea shells ! One necklace is advertised as pink coral, for $142, and the beads are not coral or seashell at all. They are dyed stone beads!

With the antique style decorative insert clasp, the very rare to find coral necklace is a whopping 24" or 61 cm long. The beads are graduated sizes, with the largest at the center. The are all about 7-9 mm long and range in thickness from 5-8 mm.

The entire necklace is in pristine perfect condition with no imperfections or flaws. There are no chipped or cracked coral beads.


Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation necklace box.

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