Coral is the shell or exoskeleton of marine invertebrates. It is composed of calcium carbonate and impurities and it can be found in various colors such as red, blue, white, and black. While salmon or pale pink are perhaps the most popular colors associated with Coral, red Coral is the rarest and most valuable.
Sometimes it can become “agatized” whereby the exoskeleton of the coral has been covered with a fine-grained sedimentary rock, (sand, silicon dioxide), which caused the petrification of the organic polyps but results in the original patterns being preserved within the silicated material.
Coral is an interesting material, it is not a mineral or gemstone it doesn’t come from the earth’s crust, it is created from living organisms. Very small sea organisms called Coral polyps that live in the ocean in large colonies secrete these strands creating a habitat that protects them. Coral comes in many beautiful colors, most notably white, orange, black, pink, or salmon which may be called Angel Skin and red. Red Coral is sometimes referred to as Fire Coral and it is used in lots of Tibetan jewelry.
Coral can be found all over the world, however, for the most part, the Coral that is used for ornamental jewelry usually comes from Italy, specifically Sicily, and off the coasts of Sardinia. Is also found in Australia, near Japan, and even as far north as Norway. However, the finest qualities are usually located in warmer waters.
Coral is created by polyps that secrete Coral only a few millimeters in thickness, usually, it can take a few years for Coral to grow into large enough pieces for jewelry.
History and Origins
Coral has been known to man since ancient times and the word Coral comes from Greek, however, the exact meaning is not known. Most of the Coral that is used for jewelry today comes from the Mediterranean Sea, usually coming from Sicily or near Sardinia.
Coral has always been popular as a material for jewelry but has also been given qualities for mystical purposes. For instance, during the Middle Ages, Coral was used as a material to protect one from harm. Because of this mystical trait, Coral was given to children to wear and also was worn as charms or penchants.
Coral Metaphysical Properties
The energy of Coral is strengthening, supportive, and protective. It allows one to feel safe and secure in one’s physical vehicle and helps with one’s journey and experiences in this lifetime. It can aid with skeletal issues and tissue regeneration.
Agatized Coral can support one during emotional disturbances, changes, or traumas within one’s life. Its energy helps one to understand and “see” the lessons and insights to be gained from such situations or issues, thus allowing for “spiritual growth” so that one may move forward.
The frequency of Blue Coral connects to the throat and third eye chakras, stimulating these chakras so that one can communicate one’s thoughts and feeling to others and understand those from others. It enhances one’s psychic senses and increases one’s psychic abilities.
The frequency of Red Coral connects to the base chakra, opening and activating this chakra so that one feels supported and secure in one’s life and confident in one’s actions.
The frequency of Black Coral connects to the Earth and base chakras, helping protect one by absorbing and transmuting negative energies within one’s energy fields.
- Earth Star
- Base Root
- Third Eye
- Skeletal System
- Tissue Regeneration
- Protection – Negativity
- Psychic Senses
- Spiritual Growth