This bracelet features natural Mediterranean coral beads out of the African trade. Coral usually ranges from samon to a deep red color. This coral has the rich, red color that is most prized. There are a few specks of calcite that show that there has been no dyeing or treatment of the material.
Red coral has a significant role in the world bead trade. Mediterranean coral was traded to India 3000 to 4000 years ago, and has been continually traded throughout the world to the present time. The material has been imitated in stone and in glass through much of its history.