Reds are supposed to be very popular this winter and into spring
and summer - shades from pink quartz to garnet to carnelian.
I’ll echo Jill’s comment. I’ve heard and seen that red coral is
going to replace turquoise as the next “hot” trend. Not that I
recommend chasing trends, but you asked!
Not really the typical red Mediterranean coral I usually think of.
More the Tibetan style of large red coral beads, although I have seen
strings of small branch coral as well. Most of this material did not
begin its life as red coral, if you get my meaning. More geared
toward “costume” wear… mail order catalogs, trendy department
stores, and such.
Something interesting I saw was someone who had taken some of the
larger Tibetan red coral beads and sliced them into disks <gasp!>,
which he polished and set like stones. He says they were genuine
beads, and they looked it, but who would slice up something that
valuable and spiritual?
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)