Set of 2
We are very proud to offer a very rare and exquisite two piece Victorian Italian salmon coral jewelry set. The matching set is comprised of a salmon coral necklace and bracelet with 14 Kt gold, unmarked but tested. Both pieces are made of carved coral links that are held together by spikes that go through each piece of coral end to end. The individual gold spikes have nail heads to prevent them coming out. Some of the heads on the spikes are missing so I had my jeweler put glue on tips to prevent the spikes from coming out. Each of the coral links has a cut-out on each end of coral segments. The coral is in original and quite excellent condition. The 7 inch bracelet has a cabochon clasp and weighs 25 grams. The necklace, only 15 inches, has a cluster clasp and weighs 56 grams.
This color of precious coral is called Sciacca. The origin is the Mediterranean Sea around Naples, Italy and near-by Torre del Greco. This is the perfect color of this salmon coral and is very rare. This pigmentation only occurs at extreme depths of 500-1,000 ocean feet. It makes it the most precious and valuable coral in the world. One can only wonder how they got this coral from so deep so long ago. I got it about 30 years ago at an Antique Show in San Francisco from a couple who had just returned from a buying trip in London, England.