Ancient Romans believed that wearing coral would protect children, and hung pieces of it around their necks. Women wore it as a charm against sterility. It was thought to quiet tempests and insure that the wearer would never be struck by lightening. The stone became very popular during the Victorian Era, where it was incorporated, usually by Italian jewelers, into all forms of decorative wear. The bright, warm hue and the lore of protection appealed to the symbolic trends of the time.
This little coral brooch is carved in bas relief to depict a hunter on a horse, carrying a spear and a sack for his catch. In his pointed cap, he could be out on his last hunt of the year, hoping for enough meat to last through the coldest days; he could also be in a traditional hunting costume of northern Scandinavia or Central Asia.
Dimensions: 7/8"; safety chain is 2 3/4" long.
Weight: 6.5 grams
Materials: Gold, coral
Metal: 15K yellow gold
Condition: Very good antique condition; some wear commensurate with age.