Peridot- Meaning, Mythology, Uses, Deposits, treatments, Gemology and Color

Peridot- Meaning, Mythology, Uses, Deposits, treatments, Gemology and Color

Natural Chinese Peridot

Natural Chinese Peridot

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Peridot Meaning

The word peridot is most likely a derivative of the Arabic name Faridat meaning ‘gem’. Alternatively some experts also like to believe that it is derived from the French word peritot meaning unclear. Most of the peridots display a sleepy appearance. Jyotish Gem quality peridot must be clear. It also goes by the name chrysolith / chrysolite as well as olivine because of its typical color. The gem was found earliest in an island off the coast of Egypt called Zabargad and hence is referred to as zabarjad in local parlance. Forsterite-Fayalite mineral.

Peridot Mythology

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Peridot was a gem much loved by Cleopatra. It is speculated that Cleopatra’s splendid emeralds were actually peridots that are also known as ‘evening emerald’. In Hawaiian mythology, peridots are regarded to be goddess Pele’s tears. Pele was the goddess of fire, lightening and volcanoes. One can see peridots encrusted in many old church shrines. Peridot is mentioned in the Bible under the Hebrew name of “pitdah”. Peridot along with 11 other gems, representing the 12 Jewish tribes were used in the fabled Breastplates of the Jewish High Priests.

Goddess Pele

Goddess Pele

Peridot Uses

Peridot is regarded as the birthstone for the month of August.

Gift a Peridot

Gift a Peridot

It is considered a favourable gift for 16th wedding anniversary. It has some great metaphysical properties, where it helps the wearer in healing from the burden of the past. It help to discard the emotional baggage and do away with the mental monsters. Peridot is believed to help in restoring good health to one who suffers from asthma, sinus trouble, ulcers or respiratory diseases. It is said to energise the body and give hope on a mental level.

Mercury also known as Hermes

Mercury also known as Hermes

Peridot is the gemstone of Mercury. It is the substitute gem for natural emerald. The name ‘evening emerald is just a euphemism that traders use. It is NOT an emerald. According to the ancient discipline of Vedic astrology, it is used for harnessing the powers of a favourable Mercury in the birth chart.

Peridot Deposits

Historically – the Zabargad island (now known as St. John’s Island) in the Red Sea,

Currently important deposits are in:

Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sri Lanka,

Tanzania, United States (Arizona and Hawaii)

Peridot crystals have also been collected from some Pallasite meteors. A famous Pallasite was offered for auction in April 2008 with a requested price of close to $2 million at Bonhams, but remained unsold. The Fukang specimen outshines all other known examples of the pallasite class, which makes up just one per cent of all meteorites.

The Fukang Pallasite Meteorite

The Fukang Pallasite Meteorite

 

Peridot treatments

Peridots are usually not subjected to any treatments.

Peridot – Color

Peridot is one of the loveliest green colored gems. It’s color ranges from pale to rich shades of luscious apple green to rich olivine green. It is an idiochromatic gem that gets its color from iron element in it. The gem has strong birefringence and therefore can exhibit a sleepy appearance.

Peridot – Gemology

Chemical composition: (Mg,Fe)2SiO4 magnesium iron silicate
Species: olivine
Color: Yellow-green, olive-green, apple green

Specific gravity: 3.28 – 3.48

Crystal system: Orthorhombic; short compact prisms, vertically striated
Hardness: 6.5-7 (Mohs scale)
Refractive index: 1.650 -1.703
Birefringence: +0.036 to +0.038
Fluorescence: None

 

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Gemstone

Natural Peridot

Weight

3.47carats

Treatment

None, Untreated

Origin

China

Planetary Energy

Mercury, Budh

Patron Location

VIRGINIA / USA

All inclusive Price

$ 253.09 / INR 13793.40

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Nizam Natural Pearl Jewelry that Fascinated the World

Nizam Natural Pearl Jewelry, The pearl gemstone is the ultimate gem in defining feminity. Natural Pearl Jewelry, Its characteristics of soft mellow glowing exterior exude what the divine feminine is all about. Until lately, when the diamond advertising blitz has bombarded all else from the ladies wish list, pearls have remained a top grosser in terms of favored gem. In fact it is very difficult for any gemstone to even begin to fit in place of the Natural pearl – the texture, colour, appeal and look are incredibly different from other gemstones. And of course, unless one is particularly weak where taste and aesthetics are concerned, it is very hard to go wrong with pearls.

Nizam Natural Pearl Jewelry that Fascinated the World

Umm Khultum with the necklace Image Christies

Umm Khultum with the necklace Image Christies

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Here is a look at the “satlada” the quintessential seven-strand necklace that formed a part of the Hyderabad Nizam Pearl jewelry Online. The seven strands had natural Basra or Persian Gulf pearls and could well have diamonds, rubies and emeralds strung in between. In the days of yore, Basra pearls Gemstones as well as those from the Gulf of Mannar were highly popular. While the satlada (7 rows) and the panchlada (5 rows) have been traditionally the favourites in pearl necklaces, the defining names have not stopped the connoisseurs from adding more rows of pearls Stones!

Umm Khultum Satlada

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Take a look at the satlada (with 9 rows) necklace of the famous Egyptian singer Umm Khultum that went under the hammer at Christies in 2008. It was presented to her by Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE.   It was created circa 1880, and consists of approximately 1,888 pearls Stones. And fetched a handsome price of $1,385,000 while the auction was estimated to bring in $80,000- $1,20,000! To Know, the Real Pearl Ornaments Online learn about natural benefits of Pearl gemstone.

Natural Australian Pearl silver pendan

Natural Australian Pearl silver pendant

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Gemstone

Non Nucleated Natural Pearl

Weight

3.50 carats

Treatment

None, fully Natural.

Origin

Australia

Planetary Energy

Moon

Patron Location

USA

All inclusive Price

$ 2502 / INR 138861

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An Emerald shower for Gemstoneuniverse Patrons- Three New Lots of Jyotish Quality Colombian Emeralds

An Emerald shower for Gemstoneuniverse Patrons- Three New Lots of Jyotish Quality Colombian Emeralds

Super Premium Colombian Emeralds from Lot Venus

Super Premium Colombian Emeralds from Lot Venus

Gemstoneuniverse is proud to present 3 new lots of Jyotish Quality Emeralds for its distinguished patrons. Each of these emeralds has gone through careful sorting to bring you best in value and Jyotish Results. Among all 9 planetary gemstones the Emerald is the most difficult to select. We shall delight you with these natural emeralds from our own roughs.

The emerald as a gemstone tends to have more number of inclusions. It is singularly because of the fact that it does not grow in pockets, in isolation trapped away forming clear crystals. Instead because of its chemical composition and because of the rock where it grows in, presence of other minerals abounds and the chances of the crystals growing together or trapping of another element within its crystal structure is highly likely.

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Emerald Stone Price per carat- Hierarchy of 4c’s in assessment of Emerald Price

What is a Jyotish Quality Emerald-The Sacred Science of Color Shades, Flaws and effects-The Insider Advantage!

Aptly named After the 3 Roman Gods Venus, Juno and Vesta these wondrous miracles of nature are bundles of Mercury energies- pristine Jyotish Quality and shall deliver the best results to their owners.

Certification and appraisal of these lots are complete and you shall have them on the online Gemstoneuniverse Emerald Inventory by next week.

Salient features of each of the lots:

Lot 1: Lot Name Venus.

Super Premium Colombian Emeralds from Lot Venus

Super Premium Colombian Emeralds from Lot Venus

 

For over 5 millennia the magical Emerald has been a symbol of power and hope

What you see is” The Emerald”- The Epitome of a True Jyotish Emerald.

Magical & Even Spread of Color- Invite the blessings of Mercury

A cut so perfect that allows the maximum play of light

Clarity over 95%- Truth, simplicity & honesty

Magnificent Carat weight for an all natural Emerald

Natural Earth Mined- Just as God Meant it to be

A True Jyotish Gem-Have you experienced it yet!

Aptly Named Venus

Lot 2: Lot Name Juno

Natural Colombian Emerald Lot Juno

Natural Colombian Emerald Lot Juno

 

Witness Affordable luxury with rare Natural Emeralds!

Earth Mined Colombian Emeralds from the Chivor Mine.

Pleasing late summer grass green color.

Symmetric Octagonal Cut for Maximum reflection of light.

Fantastic Jyotish Weight to bring about the desired results!

Clarity ranging from85% to 90% which is again rare in Natural emeralds!

Harness the power of a true jyotish Gemstone.

Lot 3: Lot Name Vesta

Classified Entry Level- these shall turn into beautiful talismans full of energy and instruments of positive change

Classified Entry Level- these shall turn into beautiful talismans full of energy and instruments of positive change

 

Our commitment to Planetary Gemology is absolute

And we shall ensure that it reaches those who need it the most.

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These vibrant beauties are not available in the market

Fantastic 85% and above clarity!

An Awesome weight for Jyotish results!

Please early summer grass green color.

A Jaw Dropping Price!

It’s a golden chance to own a real earth mined Colombian emerald.

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How to Harness Special Combinations in the Birth Chart using Planetary Gem Therapy

How to Harness Special Combinations in the Birth Chart using Planetary Gem Therapy

 

Blue Sapphire Diamond White Gold Ring with Unheated Ceylon Sapphire of 2.09 carats

Blue Sapphire Diamond White Gold Ring with Unheated Ceylon Sapphire of 2.09 carats

 

 

Importance of Good Analysis, Good Gems and Good Therapy


The Science of Jyotish– The science of Light is very vast and profound. Even though the basic rules and tenets of the sacred texts are same, the application and insight differs from person to person. An astute analysis sometimes helps to identify certain special combinations in the charts which if leveraged correctly using Jyotish Gemstones can increase the positive effects manifold and also give the combination the potency to override many a limiting combination. What is essential is:

1) An Astute Analysis-For the sake of simplicity to you may equate it to a SWAT analysis.

2) Jyotish Gemstones– A class of special gems with unique characteristics.

Result oriented Gem therapy is heavily dependent on good astrology and real Jyotish Quality Gemstones. Even if one parameter gets compromised the result is not up to expectation.

It is a well known fact that the Saturn, Venus, Mercury combine in Vedic Astrology is a potent one. If these planets happen to be significant planets and make key aspects with each other the results are fantastic especially when their periods are in operation. And one should tap these combinations with good Gem therapy.

Featured today is a fine example of Good Jyotish Gem therapy and unique implementation of Gem Therapy. Blue Sapphire is the Gem of Saturn and Diamond is the Gem of Venus. Both these Gemstones set in a single ring become especially effective in such cases but not limited to:

–          Saturn and Venus govern important and key houses in the chart and have ability to give gains.

–          Saturn and Venus conjunction in one house.

–          Saturn aspected by Venus.

–          Venus aspected by Saturn.

–          Saturn Major period and Venus sub period.

–          Venus Major period and Saturn Sub period.

Blue Sapphire has the capacity of giving remarkable gains and Venus is of course the planet of beauty, love and luxury. Harness the sacred knowledge to bring in gains that are tangible, gains that are quantifiable.

Such planetary periods come once in a lifetime and bless us with an opportunity not to be missed. Gains made in such periods give us the strength and resources to overcome the limiting conditions of other malefic periods.

 

The same concept can be applied to other significant planets for wholesome results.

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Gemstone Natural Blue Sapphire /Accent Diamonds 2nos of 23.80 Cents
Weight 2.09 carats
Treatment None. Fully Natural,
Origin Srilanka
Planetary Energy Saturn
Patron Location

Singapore

All inclusive Price $ 1873.90 / INR 106812.30
Comments A Timeless classic -The classic 3 Gemstone ring with something more to offer. The centre piece is a Ceylon Blue Sapphire of 2.09 carats with a deep royal shade-This shade is the most preferred shade in Sapphires from the point of view of appraisals and value.An unheated earth mined beauty with a uniform spread of color. An eye clean wonder for a fully natural sapphire it is flanked on the sides with equally lustrous and befitting Diamonds as accent stones.

The total Diamond weight is 23 cents and the complete ring is hand made in 18K White Gold. Notice the cost of this flawless piece. Just using two 3 mm Diamonds and a great value blue sapphire it delivers a great value.

What is so special- is that all 3 gemstones are Jyotish Gemstones- Capable of providing that something extra that supersedes style and elegance. Imagine if you have a Saturn-Venus conjunction and both these planets are significant planets for you!

A timeless beauty, an investment that grows over time and most importantly one that provides the individual, ” The Tryst with Destiny

This design is besides used in high fashion is also a preferred as a Wedding ring or an engagement ring and that gives an idea-Why not gift your loved one with something that’s just only not beautiful but also pristine, sacred and carries bundles of energy.

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The Glory of Jupiter Finding Manifestation in a Glorious Gem – Natural Ceylon Yellow Sapphire

The Glory of Jupiter Finding Manifestation in a Glorious Gem – Natural Ceylon Yellow Sapphire

Natural Yellow Sapphire of 2.16 carats Gemstoneuniverse.com

Natural Yellow Sapphire of 2.16 carats Gemstoneuniverse.com

 

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Gemstoneuniverse.com Table Natural Yellow Sapphire Gemstone Facts

Gemstone Natural Yellow Sapphire
Weight 2.16 carats
Treatment None. Fully Natural
Origin Sri Lanka
Planetary Energy Jupiter
Patron Location Gujarat, India
All inclusive Price $ 1575 / INR 89777
Comments Jupiter is a planet of good fortune, wealth and expansion. Its gemstone – the yellow sapphire is a befitting gem for this glorious planet.

Featured today is a fantastic natural Ceylon Yellow sapphire ring. The fully natural and treatment free yellow sapphire from Srilanka is a good 2.16 carats of weight and has the finest golden yellow color. The cushion cut gem has superb clarity and lustre. The natural yellow sapphire has been set as a Jupiter talisman in a 22-karat gold ring.

Natural yellow sapphire or pukhraj gemstone is the gem of Jupiter also known as Brihaspati / Guru. Yellow sapphire is a gemstone that is favorable for a Dhanu lagna and Meen lagna individual. In other words, a simple straight answer to who should wear a yellow sapphire is – individuals with Sagittarius or Pisces ascendants should wear a yellow sapphire for planetary gem therapy. However, getting a proper gemstone recommendation is always necessary.

A rich luscious gemstone is a cause of delight and of celebration. When you decide to buy a gemstone, choose carefully for if you will, you are guaranteed to enjoy and exult in that delight every day as you look upon it perched on your finger or adorning you in some way!

Bird of Paradise Brooch - Nicholas Varney

Bird of Paradise Brooch – Nicholas Varney

Enjoy a masterpiece  – a real beauty that salutes the glory and richness of nature as well as the gemstones in a piece by Nicholas Varney – a rendition of the beautiful ‘Bird of paradise’ flower, using abalone pearls, yellow and blue sapphires, tsavorite garnet and colorless diamonds – simply stunning!

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A Jyotish Quality Natural Blue Sapphire – Most Powerful and Amazing Gem for a Saturn Talisman

A Jyotish Quality Natural Blue Sapphire – Most Powerful and Amazing Gem for a Saturn Talisman

Natural Blue Sapphire of 3.54 carats Gemstoneuniverse

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Gemstone Natural Blue Sapphire
Weight 3.44 carats
Treatment None. Fully Natural,
Origin Ratnapura, Srilanka
Planetary Energy Saturn
Patron Location

Ohio , USA

All inclusive Price $ 4492 / INR 242568.00
Comments The sapphire is an enchanting gemstone. The birthstone for the month of September, the watery clear crystal and mesmerizing blues of sapphire have captivated human beings.

Featured today is a beautiful natural unheated and treatment free Ceylon blue sapphire of 3.44 carats set in sterling silver as a Saturn talisman – a wonderful natural blue sapphire ring. The oval shaped natural Ceylon blue sapphire has a rich silky cornflower blue color. The blue sapphire gemstone has electric lustre and mind-blowing clarity. The gem has a very good jyotish weight.

Natural blue sapphire or neelam gemstone is the gem of Lord Saturn / Shani. It is a favorable gemstone for makar lagna and kumbh lagna individuals. In other words, blue sapphire is a favorable gemstone for individuals with Capricorn or Aquarius ascendant.  Blue sapphire assumes special importance for the Vrishabh lagna individual, as Saturn in this case rules the 9th trine house of fate and fortune as well as the 10th quadrant house of profession and karma.

The Millennium Sapphire

Here is one of the world’s most spectacular, in fact the largest sapphire- The Millennium Blue Sapphire. This gem was found in Madagascar with Initially a weight of 90,000 carats. This largest known blue sapphire has a certification from AIGS, Thailand. The gem was then decided to be carved upon with scenes depicting the landmark achievements of humankind known after which its final weight was 61,500 carats.

The nearly 134 carvings include depiction of major individuals like Columbus, Shakespeare, Bach, Newton, Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon, Einstein etc., whose work/ discovery defined an era. The Millennium Sapphire made its entry into the Guinness Book of Work Records as the largest carved sapphire in the year 2001.

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The Divine Blue – Brilliantly Beautiful Natural Blue Sapphire – A Stunning Jyotish Gem

The Divine Blue – Brilliantly Beautiful Natural Blue Sapphire – A Stunning Jyotish Gem

Natural Blue Sapphire of 3.01 carats Gemstoneuniverse

Natural Blue Sapphire of 3.01 carats Gemstoneuniverse

 

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Gemstoneuniverse.com Table Natural Blue Sapphire Gemstone Facts

Gemstone Natural Blue Sapphire
Weight 3.01 carats
Treatment None. Fully Natural,
Origin Nivitigala Mine, Sri Lanka
Planetary Energy Saturn
Patron Location

Selangor, Malaysia

All inclusive Price $ 2136.60 / INR 118581
Comments The beauty and grace inherent in jewels is something hard to find and hard to match. Especially in the ones that occur naturally. Nature takes special interest in giving a distinct hue to each one.http://youtu.be/Kgv_Dpy2PJU

Featured today is a fine gemstone – a natural unheated blue sapphire from Srilanka. The treatment free natural blue sapphire is a stunner, a richly hued gem with a good jyotish weight of 3.01 carats. The cushion cut blue sapphire is a deep royal blue in color uniformly spread. The gem has excellent clarity and superb lustre. And well when you see it, the thought does cross your mind – there’s something mysterious, magnetic and mystical about this gem that you cannot put a finger on!

Natural blue sapphire or the neelam gemstone is the gemstone of Lord Saturn/ Shani and is used in a talisman to harness the planetary energies of this powerful planet. It is the jyotish rashi ratna for the zodiac signs of Capricorn (makar) and Aquarius (Kumbha) – the signs ruled by Saturn. The blue sapphire gemstone has such an intense transformative energy that it tends to show results of planetary gem therapy very fast.

The Hill Sapphire – Kashmir blue

Feast your eyes on Natural, non-enhanced sapphire from Kashmir of approximately 22.66 carats – The Hill Sapphire, within an old European-cut diamond surround, mounted in gold. It sold for an astounding but truly well deserved price of $ 3,064,000 at a Christies auction.

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Natural Gemstones – Stars of Epic Proportions That Inspire Taking a Leaf Out of the History of the Star of Bombay, the Famed Star Sapphire

Natural Gemstones – Stars of Epic Proportions That Inspire

Taking a Leaf Out of the History of the Star of Bombay, the Famed Star Sapphire

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Gemstone Natural Blue Sapphire
Weight 2.77 carats
Treatment None. Fully Natural,
Origin Srilanka
Planetary Energy Saturn
Patron Location

New Delhi

All inclusive Price $ 1203 / INR 66165
Comments Precious natural gems infuse life. They add meaning. They inspire.

Featured today is a lovely 2.77-carat natural treatment free blue sapphire from the famed gemstone mines of Srilanka. The fine cushion cut Ceylon blue sapphire has a rich and appealing silky cornflower blue color. It has a good jyotish weight, excellent clarity and great lustre giving this masterfully cut gem a shimmery appearance.

Natural blue sapphire or neelam gemstone is there a gem of Lord Saturn/Shani. It is the jyotish rashi ratna for the Zodiac signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. This gemstone is an intensely powerful and fast acting gem and gives tangible results in planetary gem therapy.

Here is an interesting piece of information, the distinctive blue bottle of the famous gin brand Bombay Sapphire*, is said to have been inspired by the famous star sapphire ( displaying asterism) – the star of Bombay – the 182 carat cabochon cut star sapphire, now housed at the Smithsonian Museum. The name “Sapphire” and the gem that adorns the logo were inspired by this exceptional gem.

Bombay Sapphire Logo

Star of Bombay

 

The splendid gem from Srilanka was presented to silent film star Mary Pickford by her husband, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and she bequeathed it to the Smithsonian Institute in 1981.

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The Wonder of Natural Organic Red Coral – A Wave of Red Art and a Tradition of Protective Healing

The Wonder of Natural Organic Red Coral – A Wave of Red Art and a Tradition of Protective Healing

 

Natural Organic Red Coral of 4.27 carats Gemstoneuniverse.com

Natural Organic Red Coral of 4.27 carats Gemstoneuniverse.com

 

 

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Gemstoneuniverse.com Table Natural Organic Red Coral Gemstone Facts

Gemstone Natural Organic Red Coral
Weight 4.27 carats
Treatment None
Origin Italy
Planetary Energy Mars
Patron Location Bangalore, India
All inclusive Price $ 257.97 / INR 14317
Comments Simple and unpretentious Red Coral – The color of passion, of strength, vitality, vigor and valiance! The very personification of Mars – ruddy and strong.http://youtu.be/tQPOJkaF9Pk

Featured today is a natural and organic Italian Red Coral. The treatment free red coral of 4.27 carats has been set in sterling silver as a Mars talisman ring. The red coral is smooth, blemish free and has a rich Mediterranean ox blood color.   Coral is a gem of Organic origin, opaque and therefore is fashioned as a cabochon for the finest finish and look.

Natural Red coral or pravaal/ moonga gemstone is the gem of Mars/ Mangal/ Chevvai/ Kuja/ Angaraka as he is severally known. Moonga Rashi Ratna is the birthstone for the rashis/ signs of Aries (Mesha) and Scorpio (Vrischika).

A well-placed Mars in an individuals birth chart can help one in achieveing the most difficult of feats in life. A talisman made of natural and organic red coral can help harness the energies of this planet.

Natural Red coral has been a favourite with the ancients, be it any civilization, for adornment as well as for healing and protective amulets. The knowledge of metaphysical properties of red coral can be traced quite far back in time. This might just give a clue as to why many Renaissance paintings have cherubs as infants who wear necklaces made of beads and a sprig of coral.

In Christian symbolism, the coral represented the blood of Christ, His passion and resurrection, and therefore its dual nature, human and divine. It is often found nestled in reliquaries and paintings of religious subjects that date back to five or six centuries.

The Romans were the first to practice the technique of engraving, a rather tedious task. They focused more on making coral olives and grains, called “paternoster” used for the production of rosaries.

If you are a natural Red Coral aficionado, there is a treasure house – a real treat that awaits you at the Conte Agostino Pepoli Regional Museum, in Italy where Red art of Trapani’s “mastri curaddari” is celebrated. The creators of this art remained largely anonymous, but were adept in their skill as they brought out the best in coral by using alabaster, shells and mother of pearl. The works of Coral include nativity scenes, cultural artifacts and a crucifix by Brother Matthew (Matteo) Trapani Bavera carved from a single block of coral.

Carved Coral Christ Crucifix

A great specimen of ‘Retroincastro’

Chalice of Silver and gilded copper decorated with corals

Corallo – Carving in Red Coral

The master craftsmen here used the technique of ‘retroincastro’ where coral were used in several shapes on wood or metal to form stunning pieces.

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