Bamboo Coral is not real coral. It's "Sea Bamboo" which has been
dyed to resemble Coral. It's pretty but not Coral. I think it's out
Sorry Paula but 'sea bamboo" and "Bamboo Coral" are two entirely
different things.. The sea bamboo is a kelp grown off the east and
west (primarily West) coasts of south Africa. Bamboo coral is a
specific type of coral that grows in a number of areas of the world
in a band on either side of the equator. (see my previous post).
Sea Bamboo has been used to make small beads and it is dyed pink and
red. It is also processed into a number of other useful energy
producing materials. Bamboo coral usually is an ivory color and is
for the most part the dyed red coral being sold today. I still have a
beautiful piece of natural ivory Sea Bamboo that is about 5" long and
looks exactly like bamboo in its growth pattern.
Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut1