Red coral?

My grandmother passed away and I discovered this necklace, is it red coral?

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Very nice! I have lots of red Coral beads in a container. I did read that its not naturally red that it is dyed. Regardless the red is beautiful. I actually have some that may be the natural color before its dyed, Its rather a pale orange color. Wear your lovely piece this summer! If you need earrings to match let me know as i make jewelry.

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From here it looks like, coral but it would be helpful to see more images showing the entire item.

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Red Coral

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Natural red coral was once available. The harvesting of it was banned, but it is still being harvested.

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I know its so sad. All of my coral is from the 70’s. I was told 15 years ago they were going to stop the harvesting of coral, but like you said it continues. Recently a Stunning Coral rief was discovered. Un affected by polution or harvesting it looks pristine. I think they decided to keep the location a secrete…thank God.

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I have some 1980’s red coral cabochons, drilled pieces and jewelry from when I lived in AZ. Some newer, dyed coral.
When selling items I just let potential buyers know when I acquired the coral and what the regulations were then.
I do state if it is natural or dyed red. It is becoming easy for me to tell the difference.

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Yes i tell them how old yhe coral is too. I actually bought most of mine from a designner from New York who made purses and belts in the 70’s. Quite the hippy Lol. Im interested in how you tell the newer pieces from the older. I have 2 really big red coral beads. They kinda look old as they are not real shiny. I have had them for a few years, i guess one day they will speek to me.

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Mostly by when/where purchased.
If I see a used necklace for sale, I try to look where the pieces were drilled. The dyed coral usually has a lighter area where drilled.
Dyed coral often does not show character, like an uneven surface. It is usually completely smooth and uniform in color on outside surfaces.

Here is a necklace I have from 1986.
The coral was purchased as natural, red coral, from a reputable jewelry supply store.
I think it was about $50.00 for a 16", granduated strand. That would be about $130.00 with todays money value.
They also had coral strands dyed red and other colors. Those were less than half of the natural red.



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You can see some irregularity in the coral.

Here is an article about coral.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to teach what you know. I thought i would take a min and show you my box of Coral. Lol, treasure!


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