The legendary origins and culture of coral

In ancient times, there had been a very charming lady called Medusa. She was so beautiful that God Poseidon ravaged her in the temple of Athena. Unfortunately, her beauty desecrated the temple and caused her punished to be an ugly with snaky-haired head by Athena. From then on, men would become stones by just looking at Medusa¡¯s head. One day, Perseus who is the son of Zeus was sent to fetch Medusa¡¯s head by the King Polydectes of Seriphus. With the help of Athena and Hermes, Perseus successfully cut off Medusa¡¯s head by looking into the mirror when fighting with her. Medusa¡¯s blood dripped into the sea, and sea nyphms gathered and planted the blood under water. Eventually, Medusa¡¯s blood grew into the precious coral.

It is generally thought that the Italian found the coral first, but according to the latest information, coral pieces were found in the New Stone Age in Europe about 7,000 years ago. Furthermore, some coral handcrafts appeared in Babylon and Egypt around the old times.

There is a close relation between coral and religion. Indian and Chinese buddhists regard red coral as the embodiment of Buddha. They think coral is the mascot of their religion. They generally wear coral beads and buy Buddha sculptures to bring them luck. Coral was listed as one of the seven treasures in the book of Buddha.

Today, we make coral into necklaces, earrings, broaches, rings, and sculptures. Coral represents prestige and elegance, as well as happiness and eternity. You are always welcome to contact us for the ways to protect and preserve your coral collection.