AUD $520.00

Old Red Coral Necklace

Genuine Old Red Coral sourced in Pakistan, (possibly from India or Afghanistan before that) with all the subtle colour variations you get with time. Retrieved from Tribal sources these beads have been long worn, some have altered there shape through constant rubbing and wear. This Coral has been valued and sort after by all Central Asian cultures, Tibet used to import it from Ancient Rome before Christ and the tradition has continued down over the millenia.

They aren’t uniform machine made “round beads” and I deliberately try to retain the irregularity and variation, that lovely naive feel of them when I thread them. Bearing this in mind, notice they can look a little “higgeldy piggeldy” in the photo but settle neatly on the neck. (I actually thread them tight to compensate for the slight stretching that takes place over time.)

Combined here with a very fine veined, old ovoid Tibetan Turquoise and small, pitted matte black Lava beads from Java. These are interspersed with vera mix of granulated sterling silver beads, small round sterling silver beads and a granulated Indonesian "S" hook, for closure.

The harvesting of new Red Coral is frowned on as it is destroying the reefs and the Red Coral is becoming scarcer. The Chinese are dying dead white coral a very bright red, called “Bamboo Coral”, this explains the larger pieces that have come on the market in the last decade. Bamboo Coral can be fun to wear but the colour is unstable and fades, when not actually staining clothing.

We here understand the rarity of Old Red Coral and are very excited to have accessed some. I’ve securely threaded them onto Tiger Tail which is the strongest Thread I’ve found, but be warned, it kinks if you scrunch it so don’t scrunch it up or store it carelessly. Whilst I’ve rejected beads that are too worn and fragile, please remember that Coral won’t stand up to unneccessarily careless treatment.

We may also have another Old Red Coral necklace available, see OC104.


Age: 19th/20th Century

Size: Length  462 mm x W 16 mm x D 12 mm

Weight:  37 grams