Coral Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Imagine this: you're on an island in the South Pacific. The ocean that laps at the beach is so silky warm you can bathe in it. You swim far out and when you look down, the water is so clear you can still see the ocean floor. Bright yellow and blue fish swim around you. You have never felt so alive! That's the world of coral. It's hard to believe but in its natural form, coral is dull. Polishing gives it that glassy luster. It is found in a variety of colors, but the deep, noble red is the most highly valued. You can never go wrong using it with turquoise or amber in your jewelry. The most beautiful use of coral I've seen recently was multiple bead strands. One strand was cream-colored, one was brown, one was melon and tan colored shell beads. Then coral and sterling silver heishi beads were sprinkled through each strand. I like to use it in a variety of bead forms: branches, cylinders, and exquisite heishi. Each shape adds a different texture and interest. Angelskin pink cabochons make a quieter statement. Whatever you choose, you can be certain coral will carry the vibrant life of the South Pacific into your creations.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Coral is a tentacled skeletal creature with microscopic plants living inside its soft tissues. When it reproduces, the new life forms remain attached to their "parents," building reefs and atolls-a polyp living in clear, warm seawaters. At the same time the plants go on living inside them and drawing sustenance from the sunlight. Coral's greatest spiritual value is that it is like a wise teacher. It teaches us to value life and our place in it. It shows us the importance of living so that we make the world a good place for the children and grandchildren that follow. A beautiful symbol of the importance of creatures and plants living harmoniously together.
Mineral Information Calcium carbonate, magnesia and organic substance
Chemical Composition CaCO3
Color Deep red to soft pink
Hardness 3-4
Specific Gravity 2.6-2.7
Refractive Index 1.486-1.658

**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. NEED4BEAD does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.