Home > Gemology > Gemstones > Coral


Overview:Coral is calcium carbonate with a trade of carotene. Its color ranges from white to red. It grows in branches that look like underwater trees. Coral is created by sea life or marine life. It is the skeletal remains of coral polyps. Coral is especially fragile. Protect coral from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes . The coral traditionally used in jewelry is Corallium rubrum and Corallium japonicum.The most valuable colors of coral are red, black, and pink, which is known as angel skin coral.

Usage:Coral was long thought to be a strong talisman against bleeding, evil spirits, and hurricanes.Coral is used to build an emotional foundation.Coral is said to protect children.

In many countries, coral is given as a gift to children. Coral is said to cure madness and give wisdom.

Physical Properties:


Coral Birthstone

red, black, and pink
calcium carbonate
Like wood grain

Birthstone: Taurus


Coral is known to be used as a gem since prehistoric

times. Coral has a history of religious meaning. Coral is

one of the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures.


Coral is found on the African coasts, Australia, Japan,

Mediterranean coasts, Malaysia, and the West

Indies.Most coral is found in the Mediterranean Sea or in the Pacific off Japan and Taiwan.