What is Red Coral?

As the saying goes, "Millennium coral is red for ten thousand years." Coral is the only living thousand-year-old spirit in jewelry. It grows at a depth of 200 to 2,000 meters of the sea. It is extremely difficult to mine, and corals are piled up from corals. They are only one inch long for 20 years and only one kilogram in 300 years. The price is several times or even dozens of times that of gold. Since ancient times, it has been regarded as a matter of wealth and auspiciousness, and even the red coral has been used as a paramount to protect yourself and pray for the blessing of God.

 Red coral, pearls and amber are recognized as the three major organic gemstones in the world. Among them, red coral ranks first among the three organic gemstones with its high price and scarce resources. Coral is listed as one of the seven treasures in the Oriental Buddhist scriptures. Because organic gemstones are derived from animals, plants and organisms, red corals are still a health treasure. According to Tang Mucao in the Tang Dynasty, red corals can "remove the eyes, calm down, and treat panic."

   Red coral has always been regarded as an auspicious and happy thing, symbolizing the eternity of dignity, auspiciousness and life. It has always been a treasure and ornament loved by the magnates of Chinese courts. 5,000 years ago, He Bo presented a large number of rare treasures to Dayu because of Dayu's contributions to water control. Dayu only chose three pieces, one of which was coral. In the Han Dynasty, the royal nobles greatly prospered the wind of planting jade trees in the forecourt, "coral as the branch, jasper as the leaf", and was furnished in the front courtyard of the main house, which was extremely luxurious. Since then, from the Tang, Song Dynasty to Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Coral has always been the love of royal relatives, rich and powerful. In the heyday of the Tang Dynasty, the society was rich, and it was popular for women to comb high buns and wear coral hairpins. The famous poet Wei Yingwu left the famous saying "Ode to Coral": "Jiangshu has no flower leaves, not stone or Qiong. Where did the world get it? Penglai Stone was born. In the Ming Dynasty, the royal family specially had a Mandarin hall for storing jewelry corals, and corals became a valuable ornament that the royal family attached great importance. Previous Chinese emperors have had a tradition of wearing red coral to pray for blessings and exorcize evil spirits.


The hats and beads worn by the second-class officials of the Qing Dynasty were made of precious red corals. When the Empress Dowager and the Empress Dowager want to wear Korean clothes on very grand occasions, they must wear three strings of morning beads, the left and right strings are coral. In addition to the difference between the central string of amber and the east beads of the Empress Dowager, the other two strings are also made of coral. Emperor Qianlong and Empress Zhuangxian especially like red corals. In the Palace Museum in Beijing, there are still huge red corals in the palaces in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. On the Dragon Case of Emperor Guangxu, the bed where the Empress Dowager Cixi of the Summer Palace sleeps with this kind of red coral is placed in a white jade bottle, which looks particularly valuable and elegant.


In modern times, there is a noble and elegant lady who is inextricably linked to the red coral. She is Song Meiling. Song Meiling loved red corals all her life. She has a very classic photo, wearing a black cheongsam, a string of top red coral bead necklaces between her necks, and red coral earrings on her ears. Against the background of red coral, it looks rich and dignified.


Coral is closely related to Buddhism and is one of the seven treasures of Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhists regard red coral as the incarnation of Buddha. They use coral as a mascot for worship, which is mostly used as Buddha beads or to decorate gods. It is said that the top beads worn on the head of the Tibetan prince were the best red coral at that time, and the lama monks also held rosary beads made of red corals.

The human use of red corals dates back to ancient Roman times. The ancient Romans believed that corals had the functions of preventing disasters, giving people wisdom, stopping bleeding and dispelling heat. Some navigators believed that wearing red corals could prevent lightning and hurricanes, calm the wind and waves, and travel safely! Therefore, the Romans called it "red gold", giving the red coral a mysterious color. Coral ornaments have been found in prehistoric tombs in ancient Egypt and Europe. In the Elizabeth family in England, children are born with a tradition of wearing red coral. Modern Westerners list coral as one of the three major organic gems with pearls and amber, which is one of the "March Birthday Stones" in the West.

Coral was a precious drug in ancient times. It is described in the Compendium of Materia Medica that it has the effects of clearing eyes, stopping bleeding and removing persistent blood; Tang Bencao has records that red corals "removing Yiming eyes, calming down, treating panic and vomiting". Western classics also record that corals can treat eye diseases and suppress blood. Wearing red coral jewelry can regulate people's secretion in the body, promote blood circulation, remove persistent blood, break bones, nourish the face and beauty, making people auspicious and rich. She helps to improve people's spiritual level, maintain a high degree of sensitivity, and has the effect of clarifying and reconciling chaotic situations. Uninlaid red coral necklaces, bracelets and pendant chains are the best holy products for blood circulation and health care. Red coral represents enthusiasm and passion, which can strengthen women's charm. Ladies who have worn red coral ornaments will be surprised to find that the red coral is alive. It will show subtle color changes with the cloudy and sunny weather, the dry and wet seasons, the light and dark, and the wearer's physical condition. This is also the mystery and unique charm of red coral.


At present, the importance of coral is also gradually recognized. Due to the rarity and non-renewability of coral, it is of great collection value. Natural red coral ornaments are more popular. Owning and wearing a string of exquisite corals is a pleasant thing. It takes your careful care to let these dazzling jewels accompany you on a long journey.


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