As you can imagine, this was not cheap, that being said, these pieces are very rare and few have survived until today. Chinese Stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world during the Vintage Era. They would car ve western themes as well as the more rare traditional eastern themes into their many pieces. During the Art Nouveau Period a style in jewellery became popular, It was in Chinawhere the gem-car ving tradition was already thousands of years oldIn China in the late 1700's, and late eighteenth and early nineteenth century car vers created masterpieces that are still unsurpassed in concept, design, CHINESE ANTIQUE CORAL Throughout history coral is a material that has been used in making jewellery and sculptures.
Many antique coral carvings are incredibly detailed. Lately it has become very difficult to acquire antique coral. Most of the coral used for antiques grows very deep in the sea.Sometimes, as deep as 2000 meters below sea level. Another factor that makes coral so rare is the growth rate. The rarest of coral can grow slower than a millimeter per year. That means that a 3 inch coral figure could have taken 75 years to grow. Many types of coral are now considered to be endangered. The antique coral market is booming. This is largely due to the fact that the Chinese market is very strong.
Coral is very popular to Chinese buyers. In todays antique market, Asian buyers want the best.The rarest coral items are in high demand. Buyers are willing to pay top dollar for the hard to find pieces. The coral value depends on multiple factors.
The colour of the coral is extremely important. The coral that we often see used in jewellery and carvings comes in 3 colors. The most common and least valued coral is white.
White coral color also may be called angel skin. Pink is less common and can have some considerable value. The name given to the colour of pink coral is salmon skin. The most expensive coral color is of course red. The popular name for the red coral is ox blood.
Some hard to find figures can even reach 6 figures. Another important factor when determining the value of coral is size and/or weight. As stated earlier, coral takes a long time to grow.
Good coloured coral is very hard to find in large sizes. Figures may only be a few inches tall and still priced in the thousands. Coral beads start getting expensive when you find sizes over 9 millimeters. The item "Vintage 42cm Chinese Export Sterling Silver Genuine Coral Necklace & Earring 12g" is in sale since Wednesday, May 13, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "cherylb8668" and is located in Morisset, NSW. This item can be shipped worldwide.