Precious Hand Carved Antique Georgian Coral Necklace
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The most special of finds and a wonderful piece for a collector, this antique Georgian period necklace of teeny, tiny hand carved red Mediterranean Coral (Corallum Rubrum) beads. A rare find, this is the only piece of its type and quality that we've ever seen. Meticulously fashioned with a miniature precision, each of the little beads is prettily shaped in sympathy with the branch shape of the natural Coral but cut so the the alternate beads cup each other. A necklace such as this would likely have been a souvenir from the Grand Tour when visiting Naples, the ancient centre of the Coral industry in Italy.
The beads measure 4mm across and the strand measures 26 inches, and it is a continuous rope.