Unusual Forest Green Coral Root Beads

Product Code: ga1487

Availability:In stock

Price is per 16-inch string of these genuine Chinese coral beads - size of largest root measures about 12mm x 2mm. All drilled ready to thread. Real coral, but dyed green (colour does not come off! Actual colour is slightly lighter than the picture). 

Coral is known to be used as a gem since prehistoric times. With a history of religious meaning and is one of the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures. Coral was long thought to be a strong talisman against bleeding, evil spirits, and hurricanes. Its colour ranges from white to red. It grows in branches that look like underwater trees. Most coral is found in the Mediterranean Sea or in the Pacific off Japan and Taiwan.

When you say the word coral, most people think of the coral reefs in the South Pacific like the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. However, these coral reefs are formed by a different species than the coral traditionally used in jewellery Corallium rubrum and Corallium japonicum