White coral beads (Limited Stock / not always available) are cut from bamboo coral and are most likely bleached to achieve maximum whiteness. Since coral is softer than other gemstones, these semiprecious beads should be stored carefully to avoid blows and scratches. Cosmetics, hot water, chemicals and bright sunlight can damage coral. To clean these white coral beads, wipe them gently with a moist soft cloth. Coral is said to calm and improve life, protect children, and help difficulties of the lungs and digestion. It's also said to help restore harmony in the event of emotional conflict, and to work against nutritional deficiencies, depression, and lethargy.
Apple coral beads (Limited Stock / not always available) are cut from stabilized red sponge coral. Like all sponge corals, apple coral features visible pores (like a sponge) when polished. While apple sponge coral is naturally a dark brick red, red dye is sometimes added to the stabilizing resin when these semiprecious beads are made. These coral jewelry components might lighten with exposure to heat or extended direct sunlight. Coral is among the most ancient of gemstone materials, used for adornment since prehistoric times. Coral inlays and ornaments have been found in Celtic tombs from the Iron Age (500 B.C.-400 A.D.). In ancient China, red coral was a symbol of wealth, favor and high social status. Coral is one of the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures, and Tibetan lamas make rosaries with coral beads.
Peach bamboo coral beads (Limited Stock / not always available) most likely achieve their quintessentially pleasant and peachy coral hue from an oil dye applied to natural bamboo coral. Bamboo coral grows in segmented branches that resemble bamboo stalks, with beige or light brown sections covering a black underlayer. Be sure to check these dyed semiprecious beads for colorfastness. We recommend washing the beads in warm soapy water, then blotting them dry with paper towels. Repeat until no dye transfers from the gemstone beads to the paper towels. Coral is among the most ancient gemstone materials used for adornment, and coral beads are an important component in Tibetan rosaries.