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This is a beautiful piece of "NATURAL" black Coral that has not been died or painted.
It was purchased from an old collection and a fellow who had gathered it on the beaches in South America as a youth. I have only trimmed it up and tumbled the pieces to help clean them up and show the colors. If you continue to sand, you will find an almost coal black finish underneath. I leave like this in case you like the slight contrast of brown and black. It is very solid and can easily be shaped, cut or drilled to work into your next jewelry creation. Black Coral is listed on CITES and its international trade is strickly monitored. With that in mind, this listing is only for USA shipments.

I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by my listing.

Size: 78.6 mm (longest part) x 12.10 mm (at base)
Grams: 12
Orgin: South American Coast

Both the natural picture and the information below was supplied by Wikipedia.

In March 2009, scientists released the results of their research on deep-sea (depths of ~300 to 3,000 m) corals throughout the world. They discovered specimens of Leiopathes to be among the oldest continuously living organisms on the planet: around 4,265 years old. They show that the "radial growth rates are as low as 4 to 35 micrometers per year and that individual colony longevities are on the order of thousands of years".

Black corals (Antipatharia) are a group of deep water, tree-like corals related to sea anemones. They are also found in rare dark shallow water areas such as New Zealand's Milford Sound where they can be viewed from an underwater observatory. They normally occur in the tropics. There are about 230 known species of Antipatharians in 42 genera.[1]

Though black coral's living tissue is brilliantly colored, it takes its name from the distinctive black or dark brown color of its skeleton. Also unique to black coral are the tiny spines that cover the surface of the skeleton, the origin of the nickname little thorn coral. In the Hawaiian language, black coral is called ‘ēkaha kū moana and is the official state gem of Hawaii. Black coral is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).


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Designer Black Coral from South American Coast / Pendant / Accesories

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  • Materials: coral, black coral, coral negro
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