Therapeutic properties

Who is coral suitable for according to their zodiac sign?

Corals (Greek, original meaning unknown) form reefs, atolls and coral shoals in tropical seas with intricately branching bushes – colonies of polyps. Only the calcareous frames (external skeletons) of these colonies are used as material for jewelry stones – corals. Such a framework (polypnyak) is built by many small polyps, which are located in tiny cells – recesses of the exoskeleton – and secrete lime with their lower ends to form plantar plates. The height of the colonies is 20–40 cm, the thickness of their branches reaches 6 cm.


In jewelry, the red Corallicum rubrum, or Corallicum nobile, is most valued among all types of corals. The entire colony has a skeleton of one, usually uniform, color, but from colony to colony its shades vary from soft pink to dark red, the color of ox’s blood. Only sometimes corals have white or pale pink spots. Along with red and pink corals, white, black and blue corals are processed. White corals, like red ones, are composed of carbonated lime, but black and blue ones are made of the organic horny substance conchiolin with a density of 1,34–1,46 g/cm³. Colonies of black corals reach a height of 3 m. Carmine-red corals are considered especially valuable, giving the color “coral” its name. Bright red specimens of good quality are quite rare. More often it can be warm red shades or salmon color. Pink corals stand somewhat apart. Their delicate color is valued by true connoisseurs on a par with scarlet. The French call these light, almost creamy shades peau d’ange, that is, “angel skin.” Corals are sensitive to heat, acids and hot baths! When worn, they may fade and become pale.

Deposits and production

Corals are distributed along the coast of the Western Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay, the Canary Islands, the Malay Archipelago, and Japan. Black corals are mined in the Malay Archipelago, Northern Australia, and the Red Sea. Colonies of coral polyps are located at a depth of 3 to 300 m from the sea surface. They are caught using weighted, large-mesh nets that are dragged along the seabed, tearing off the polypnyaks attached to it with a wide base from the rocky soil. At the same time, a lot of valuable material deteriorates and perishes. The caught corals are cleaned of soft tissue and sorted.

Quality and processing

Coral is processed in cabochons or in irregular (natural) shapes. It is sometimes cut into a round shape for use in beads. High-quality coral beads should be free of chips, cracks and holes. But since coral is a rather soft and porous material, it is often strengthened when making jewelry. The beads are impregnated with colored wax and tinted. When black corals are bleached, they produce sprigs of a beautiful golden color.

Jewelry with coral: where to buy

Coral jewelry is periodically available on the website and in MIUZ Diamonds branded stores. For example, you can order a necklace with this interesting material. Follow the updates on our website so as not to miss new jewelry items.

Coral analogues

Synthetic Gilson coral and colored bambu coraloid can be classified as coral analogues. And various materials are counterfeited – from plastic to ceramics.

How to distinguish real coral from fake

Coral is synthesized in various ways. The main thing is that the synthesized material is as similar as possible to the original. Most often, only a specialist can distinguish synthetic coral from real coral. Upgrading coral usually comes down to impregnation (filling cracks), including with dyes. The simplest fakes and imitations: plastic, glass, porcelain, bone, polymer clay, synthetic Gilson coral, pressed chips. For example, a glass imitation will give itself away immediately: if you see small bubbles, this is a fake. Real coral can be easily distinguished from plastic using a heated needle: the plastic will begin to melt and a black dot will appear at the heating site; nothing will happen to the natural sample. How else can you determine authenticity? Natural coral, unlike fake coral, has an amazing pattern reminiscent of growth rings on trees. The color of synthetic Gilson coral, created from calcite powder with silica, will be very even and evenly distributed over the entire surface. In addition, synthetics are denser and do not have a pattern. Whereas real coral always has color transitions and a characteristic mesh pattern, similar to the texture of a wood cut. It’s easy to see under a magnifying glass. You can identify fake polymer clay and porcelain at home by dropping one drop of a weak vinegar solution onto the sample. A real coral, consisting of calcite with impurities, will begin to react to alkali; a fake of inorganic origin will not react with vinegar. To determine whether a sample has been colored, you need to immerse it in plain water for 2 hours and see if its color changes. Common and inexpensive white corals are most often used for tinting. Natural coral will never stain water, and painted imitations may even leave marks on the skin in the heat. If we talk about coral beads and necklaces, then you should pay attention to the holes in the beads: when drilling, microcracks remain in natural coral.

Coral in astrology and its magical properties

Coral is considered a talisman for travelers. This stone is suitable for passionate and emotional natures. They believe that jewelry with coral makes its owner more attractive to the opposite sex and fills it with confidence. He is able to revive cooled feelings and rekindle love. Earrings or beads with red corals awaken energy in a person, relieve lethargy and apathy. Pink coral brings happiness, helps to build a new life, makes the owner softer and more feminine, while white coral harmonizes. It is recommended to wear such jewelry for zodiac signs such as Pisces, Capricorn and Scorpio. But coral is not contraindicated for other signs either. Coral in jewelry Color: red, pink, white (black, blue). Hardness: 3–4 points. Density: 2,6–2,7 g/cm³. Corals (Greek, original meaning unknown) form reefs, atolls and coral shoals in tropical seas with a bizarre appearance. In art and culture, coral has a special place: the fact is that the coral stone is not a stone at all, not a natural mineral, but a literal fragment of living nature. Skeleton of coral polyps. Today, coral is used in applied arts, decorative decoration and, of course, watches. In Briller models these are pieces of the most complex Florentine mosaic, but solid coral dials are also found. Despite the fact that coral is not actually a mineral, it can be characterized by the same parameters: hardness on the Mohs scale is about 3,7. The coral density is approximately 2,7. In art, coral is especially loved because of its wide palette: today there are over 6 thousand species, which offer more than 300 different colors and shades.

Coral – magical properties

Since ancient times, coral jewelry was considered in European cultures to bring good luck and happiness. This is how coral was imagined, for example, by the ancient Greeks. Ancient Indian tribes used coral to protect themselves from evil spirits and the evil eye. For the Egyptians, coral was a symbol of innocence and chastity. In the culture of ancient Rome, white corals were considered “childish”. It was customary to hang them over the cradle so that the child would get sick less often and be protected from dark forces. The magical properties of coral amulets are still known today in esoteric circles. Many of these properties are “sorted” according to the shades of coral stone. Meanwhile, general magical features are directly related to water, because corals are mined from the bottom of the sea. It is believed that just as water can smooth stones, coral will help smooth a person’s character and calm him down.

The healing properties of coral

The healing properties of coral are still remembered today thanks to various sources. For example, it can be argued that coral powder was used as a medicinal product in Ancient Rome: there it healed fractures. The calming marine nature of coral was considered a remedy for insomnia and anxiety. Early English folk medicine convinced people that coral beads would help with sore throats. Also, the healing properties of coral extended to headaches.

Who is coral suitable for – coral and zodiac signs

  • It is said that pink coral will bring good luck to crayfish.
  • Coral will help Aquarius to be more free in communication.
  • A protective amulet of general use – this is how coral helps Aries.
  • Coral will help Taurus with their career.
  • Leos, having tried on something with coral, will become more resilient.
  • Coral for Sagittarius will find good luck.
  • It will help Scorpios realize their cherished plans.
  • Libra will become more sociable.
  • And coral will protect Sagittarius from evil spirits.

But for Virgos and Capricorns, coral will not help, but it will not harm either: it will simply be a decoration.

Coral for men

It’s a paradox, but red corals have been considered masculine since ancient times: it is a stone of strength, passion and violent warlike energy, which helps to achieve results, awakening perseverance and fearlessness.

Coral for women

But light corals were considered female amulets. They helped to become softer, more gentle. In general, they did the same for men, but not everyone needed it.

Coral – how to spot a fake

It will be difficult for a non-specialist to recognize natural coral. A variety of colors, opacity, and a specific waxy sheen can also be characteristic of processed plastic or glass.

In our Briller brand watches, we use only natural materials: this is confirmed by an independent expert certificate.

Pay attention to the clock with Florentine mosaic, where coral is used: Butterflies, Bullfinch, etc.

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