Coral can do no wrong! Since ancient times red coral was believed to cure madness, give wisdom, prevent sterility, calm storms, and provide protection against plague and pestilence.(Oh my!)
As a talisman used to ward off the evil eye and bad luck, it was common throughout history to see children and young women to wear coral necklaces for protection and to find babies' rattles made out of the wonderful stuff.
An exotic deep-sea creature, Coral's has always been difficult to obtain and scarce in quantity. Thus, it is often found the locked doors of so called 'Cabinets of Curiosities'. Today, because of its scarcity, red coral is a protected species and most large specimens are usually antique, difficult to obtain and costly.
Coral's unique red color is described by no other name.