- Additional information
- Bamboo coral
- IGS Information
Red Coral handmade komboloi created with 23+1 natural Bamboo coral in oval shape beads of 13x15mm diameter with original silver metals, 40cm total length, 31cm + 9cm natural silk tassel, and 67g total weight. Excellent sound and touch coral beads komboloi with strong cord.
It comes with a gift vintage pouch. Excellent komboloi choice for your collection and for everyday use.
|Hexagonal (R)||1.56||3.5 to 4||2.60 to 2.64||Up to 0.160||C32H48N2O11|
IGS (International Gem Society) The gem use of coral began before recorded history. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Native Americans used red, pink, and white corals extensively. Deep red, bright pink, and clear white corals were highly prized. Inland cultures far from the sources of coral would trade for these resources. Although black and gold coral are relative newcomers to northern cultures, they have long been used as gem material in their native territories. They are found primarily off the coasts of Hawaii and Cameroon. Akori corals from Cameroon were highly prized before the eighteenth century. Hawaiian gold coral is the rarest gem coral variety and harder than other varieties. It was first described scientifically in the 1970s. The harvesting of this gem material, however, is currently restricted and cost prohibitive due to environmental considerations. The best red corals come from the Mediterranean. Most of the Mediterranean material is worked in Italy, but much is also sent to Hong Kong for cutting. Conversely, Italy is also a major buyer of Taiwanese material. Large quantities of white, pink, mottled, and oxblood corals from the South China Sea are cut in China and Taiwan.
Etymology: From the Greek korallion.