Precious corals are known as the “hidden gem of the sea”. They grow in a dark, secret world at the very bottom of the ocean. They are found in the Pacific waters of Japan and Taiwan, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. Deep-water corals grow very slowly and can live for thousands of years.
Kathy and Kathy Bespoke uses only ethically and legally sourced coral in the creation of our Fine Jewelry.
Types of Corals
Aka Coral is specially known as ox-blood globally and “Aka” in Japan meaning red. They are harvested in the western Pacific and off the coast in Kochi, Japan. This is the most valued and expensive coral of all. Adding to its rarity and value is the length of time it takes for Oxblood coral to grow which is slower than any other coral in existence. It varies in hues from crimson red to dark purple-red.
Sardinia Coral or Red Coral is from the Mediterranean waters of Sardinia, Italy. It has an orange to bright and dark red color with no white spots or veins. This rare red coral is unenhanced by man, without colored wax or additives.
Pink Coral or Angel Skin is a highly prized coral from the tropical waters of Japan. A pink to salmon color coral that is more premium than Momo corals. The more uniform in color, the more precious and rare it is.
Momo Corals can be found in the tropical waters north of Taiwan and Japan. It can be identified by having whitish round spots or vein called “soul”. This might seem a flaw, but is a valuable feature as it helps determine the authenticity and provenance of the coral. Its color changes from medium light red to salmon/orange to reddish pink in color depending on the quality.
Deep Sea Corals are the quickest-growing precious coral that has hues from ivory, white, pale pink to light red.
Coral is a highly sensitive organic gemstone which requires careful care. If you want to make sure that your coral does not become pale over time or even change its color, avoid direct contact with cosmetics like lotions, make-up or perfume. Coral jewelry should also be cleaned with cold or lukewarm water or a cotton cloth to remove skin oils and dirt. You should always keep coral jewelry in a separate and in a cool place, and never expose it to direct sunlight. Their low hardness also make corals especially sensitive to pressure and shocks, which you should avoid.