Hardness: 3.5-4 Mohs
Enhancement Code: Natural
Pink: Light to medium salmon; good polish; good shape (beads may display possible natural cracks and blemishes)
Red: Medium to dark orangy red; good polish; good shape (beads may display possible natural cracks and blemishes)
Care: Coral is not for everyday wear, and one should take care when wearing. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.
Major Sources: Australia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mediterranean Sea, Philippines, Taiwan
Made from the polished skeletons of marine plants, coral was one of the very first gems used for adornment. This treasure from the sea, like the pearl, is one of the few organic gems. Its popularity has continued from earliest times.
Frequently given as a gift for 35th wedding anniversaries, the warmth of coral makes it a standout in romantic designs.