Price is per 15 1/2-inch strand of these dramatic beads. All will be a different size and shape, but average largest bead measures about 10mm x 2mm - very many to the strand. Genuine Chinese coral dyed, but colour fixed.
Coral is not a true gemstone, but a product of marine life. However, it's been used as a gem since prehistoric times. With a history of religious meaning, like being one of the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures. Coral was long thought to be a strong talisman against evil spirits and hurricanes. It is also said to reduce blood flow, helping anaemia, and is thought to give wisdom and prevent madness.
Its color ranges from white to red, but most red coral these days is dyed. It gro