Four-strand beaded necklace, made from strands of alternating red and pink coral effect beads with real pearls, inspired by the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest.
This range of jewellery has been inspired by the natural coral which is sold commonly on the island of Sicily, as it occurs naturally in the surrounding waters.
The origin of coral has been woven into legend for centuries: Ovid in his “Metamorphosis” and Pliny the older in his “Naturalis Historia” both attributed coral the same mythical genesis; the blood from Medusa’s terrible head, cut off by Perseus, dripped into the sea and turned into coral.
With its warm and bright colour, its marine origins, its ambiguous nature, coral must have had a profound effect on the early Mediterranean peoples who started working and disseminating it throughout the world.
The Mediterranean variety of coral, gathered in Italian waters (Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Tuscany, Liguria, Sicily and Sardinia) has a characteristic red colour and was the most commonly used in the 19th century.
Exact designs may vary.