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Rare Antique Natural Red Branch Coral Bracelet

Rare Antique Natural Red Branch Coral Bracelet


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Jewels: Pre 1900: Item # 1275481
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 $130
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A pretty match for our extra-long, antique branch coral necklace, this bracelet is also remarkable for the quality of its coral. Almost all recent coral is dyed (and looks it). Sources of good natural coral are just about played out, so it's hard to get without choosing antique, or at least very seriously vintage, items.

Here we have the real thing and a lot of it (129 carats). The bracelet hails from a California estate, but would have originated in Italy, where red coral was harvested in profusion until the early years of the 20th century. This is the type produced mainly around Torre del Greco: lovely red spezzati (coral branches) with a small white vein through the center. At some time long ago, a neutral polish was added for shine; under very high magnification, a few tiny patches of it look whitish from wear at contact points, so we know it has no effect on the coral's color.

Based on the clasp, a sterling swivel hook, the bracelet was restrung around 1950. Changing to a Victorian gilded "beehive" screw clasp or small fish-hook would be well worth doing. Length is about 7.75 inches now, too large for many women, but a significant amount of length would easily be removed with the oversized clasp.

To see the 32-inch, 385-carat coral necklace that goes well (though not perfectly) with this - and a delightful pair of earrings, too - just enter "branch coral" in the search box. If interested in more than one piece, please get in touch and we'll work out special pricing for you.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!