Red Dyed Coral Chip Bracelet

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This is a stretchy elastic bracelet made from Red Dyed Coral chips.

Bracelet Diameter: 45-55mm

This is a bracelet which has been dyed red to resemble the rare and highly sought after natural red coral, the export of which has been banned due to centuries of over fishing.

Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium rubrum and several related species of marine coral. The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewelry. Unfortunately intensive fishing, particularly in shallow waters, has damaged this species along the Mediterranean coastline, where colonies at depths of less than 50 meters are much diminished. For this reason all export of natural red coral has been banned.

At the beginning of the 1st millennium, there was significant trade in coral between the Mediterranean and India, where it was highly prized as a substance believed to be endowed with mysterious sacred properties. Among the Romans, branches of coral were hung around children's necks to preserve them from danger, and the substance had many medicinal virtues attributed to it. The belief in Coral's potency as a charm continued throughout the Middle Ages and even early in 20th century Italy it was worn as a protection from the Evil eye, and by women as a cure for Infertility.