SOLD: Coral beads with gold Etruscan Revival clasp, circa 1880


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Here’s a lovely mid-19th century strand of coral beads, still retaining its original gold Etruscan Revival clasp.

The colour throughout is most appealing – a deep reddish orange.

Old beads like this have a patina of countless microscopic scratches caused by years of gentle handling, giving an attractive matte softness to the intense colour.

Close examination shows pinprick dark spots on several beads – coral was a living thing, if there were no small, natural flaws you’d wonder about them being authentic – but one bead is more marked than the others. I’ve included a photo for full disclosure.

The size is good too, with the beads graduating from 9mm to 12mm.

The strand is a good wearable length at just over 16 inches, and the knotting is recent and in excellent condition.


• Handmade in Mediterranean coral with 14-carat yellow gold
• Approximately 16 1/4 inches (41cm) long
• Smallest bead is 9mm (just over 1/3 inch) wide; largest is 12mm (just under 1/2 inch)
• Weight is 48.5 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other jewellery is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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