I have inherited 23grams of red coral that comes from an old
rockshop. The package was labeled "Coral Red - Red Sea - 1964 23g"
Consisting of 5 branches 2 to 3 inches in length with at least two
some have three branches on them.
I have been a scuba instructor for over 25 years and have seen
almost every coral out there, but they have all been living,
including red coral (viewed it in a cave mouth off of Italy 15 years
ago) - though I have an 8inch branch- fan of blue gorgonian soft
coral - great colour. Found it on a beach after a storm. So - how do
i tell if its real red coral. I have sawed one branch at a branch
junction and its red all they way through, which indicates to me no
dye. No dark spots in pits- consistent color (as coral goes), some
have their membrane still on then and sea detris that is the
original foot. They are dense and glassy sounding when tapped
I understand that Red Coral is extinct basically. And my attitude to
ripping stuff off the sea bottom has always been " MEET MY FRIEND
THE “friendly” 15 FOOT MORREY EEL HE LOOKS HUNGRY - Don’t worry he
So using it, if its real has some issues for me as a diver, but as a
new jeweler I am not sure what is PC? what is it worth? Do we
jewelers us it? Will people freak (customers and other Jewelers) if
I us it? Do I even want it?