Vintage & Modern: Angel Skin Coral Necklace with Diamond Set Clasp
This is a string of vintage, natural, Angel Skin Coral beads. At 9.5 mm in diameter, they are the perfect size to wear layered with other necklaces, or on their own. This set has a beautiful peach-pink color with swirls of white. The French name for this gem is "peau d'ange," literally translated means the skin of an angel.
Gem quality coral is typically classified by its color (white, angel skin, salmon, oxblood, etc.). Angel skin coral ranges in color from white with some touches of pale pink or peach to a solid pale pink.
This strand was restrung on salmon-colored silk cord, so that it will be strong for the next generation to enjoy. We also updated this classic look with a modern clasp that is part rocker chic, part vintage grace. Both sides of the clasp are pave set with champagne and cognac diamonds in oxidized sterling silver. The necklace can be worn with the clasp in the back or in the front off-center to the side as a decorative feature.
A Note About Natural Coral: The gem species is Corallium rubrum. Natural, undyed coral is becoming harder to find and its price is increasing as countries around the world concerned with conservation, have limited the amount of coral that may be harvested annually. Vintage and antique coral are more likely to be natural and NOT dyed. This strand has been lab verified as genuine coral, not dyed.
Dimensions & Details
- The necklace is 17 inches in length. The diameter of each coral bead is approximately 9.5 mm.
- Both sides of the sterling silver clasp are pave set with brown and champagne diamonds. It has a nice weight and feel.
- The coral is natural and has not been dyed (lab verified). The beads are knotted and strung on 100% silk cord in a salmon hue.
- Not known.
Period & Hallmarks
- The beads are vintage, possibly antique.
- No marks.
- The piece is in very good vintage condition. The coral beads still have a nice polish/sheen. It is of natural material and as such has some minor variances and surface imperfections, that are only visible through magnification. A few of the beads have surface lines that result from the polishing process, again primarily visible via magnification.
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