Coral is created by marine life. It is beautiful in rings, necklaces, and pendants. It is especially popular in Native American Indian style jewelry.
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Coral Care, Treatments & Where
Coral is created by sea life. It is the skeletal remains of coral polyps. Red, pink, and white coral is mostly calcium carbonate. Black and golden coral is conchiolin. It has a hardness of 3.
Coral is especially fragile. Protect coral from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes (such as leaving it be a heater vent or in a hot car). Do not clean coral in a home ultrasonic cleaner.
Coral is often imitated by plastic, glass, porcelain, and stained bone. Natural coral has a distinctive wood grain texture which can help identify it as the real thing. White coral is often bleached to brighten its color. Other colors may be dyed.
Coral is found on the African coasts, Australia, Japan, Mediterranean coasts, Malaysia, and the West Indies.
Coral Reef-related books:
- Coral Seas - by Roger Steene (Photographer)
In "Coral Seas", the day-to-day life of the world's coral reefs is played out before your eyes in stunning color. The 340 amazing photographs that capture the essence of underwater life evidence Roger Steene's patience and skill as a photographer.
- Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas Including Marine Plants - by Renee Newman
Great for scuba divers who want to learn more about coral reefs.
- A Practical Guide to Corals for the Reef Aquarium - by Ed Puterbaugh, Eric Borneman
This book is well catalogued, containing brief, to-the-point but fundamental information on what to look for when buying and how to care for various types of coral.
Books with Coral in their name:
- Ambrosia and the Coral Sun - by Sherri L. Board, Kathy Barnes-Million (Illustrator), Timothy A. Board (Editor)
An illusory underwater fantasy written for young adults and all adventurous, ocean-loving souls.
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical and historic facts on uses of gems and their history.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- Gemisphere Luminary - by Michael Katz
As the author has done some scientific studies, this is my favorite reference for the mystical properties of gemstones.
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Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20): Blood Coral is the birthstone
Coral is considered to be the anniversary gemstone for the 35th year of marriage.
Mystical Properties and Lore
Coral is used to build an emotional foundation.
Coral is said to protect children. In many countries, coral is given as a gift to children. It has been used to protect against witchcraft.
Coral is said to cure madness and give wisdom.
Black Coral is Hawaii's US State Gemstone
Coral jewelry has been created and worn since prehistoric times -- dating back to the Iron Age.
In ancient times, Coral was considered so valuable that it was used as a method of currency and trade by the Romans and the Egyptians.
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