Hello Readers of the Weekly Nugget!
I will be standing in a close friend's wedding this summer and this week I went to pick out a bridesmaid dress. The bride had chosen coral as the color theme for her wedding, and we are all wearing a different shade of this lovely color. The dresses were so bright and pretty that it inspired me to learn more about coral.
Coral is a living organism that lives in the ocean, and even makes up some of the fabulous reefs we know. Certain species of coral is sought after for its durability and it's bright colors of pinks and red, and parts of these coral are polished to a shining glow and made into the coral jewelry we know today! Coral was one of the first gems used for adornment. Along with pearl, coral is the only other organism used to make pieces of jewelry which is one thing that makes it an interesting gemstone.
Coral is a plentiful gem that is available in many widespread areas around the world. Some of these areas include our home the United States, France, Italy, Morocco, Ireland and in the Mediterranean Sea. It is believed by sailors that the gem would protect them from rough seas so they take it on voyages with them for safety. Ancient Romans and Persians believed coral would instill wisdom and cure madness. In India it was crushed into powder and eaten to be used as an aphrodisiac for lovers. Romantic, but obviously we do not encourage this!
When wearing your beautiful coral pieces of jewelry be gentle with it as rough wear will easily damage it. Do not wear it everyday and be sure to protect it from scratches. For proper cleaning of your coral jewelry never use a high heat steamer or ultrasonic cleaner. Warm soapy water is the best way to clean it. Follow with a polishing cloth to bring out the luster and shine.
If you have a piece of coral jewelry ladies, get it out and show it off! Coral is so lovely and unique it deserves to be shown to the world!
Thanks for letting me share some of the beautiful things about coral with you!