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It is connected with one of the nava-grahas nine planets , namely Mars Mangala in Sanskrit , and associated with Karttikeya, the god of war. The word mangala also refers to anything that is regarded as auspicious, such as an amulet.
Coral is believed to have the power to dispel the malignant effects of the evil eye, which accounts for its very popular use. Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts. Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written religious articles and product discounts. This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
They grow very slowly, some as slow as 1 millimeter per year! Obviously, it takes many years for these corals to reach reproductive age.
When they do reproduce, very few young survive. These corals are not usually considered builders of the coral reef although they do provide critical habitat for other marine animals. Deep water corals are being considered for their pharmaceutical value but their primary value is to the jewelry industry.
What is the difference between "Precious" and "Semi-precious" corals? Corals are living marine animals. The jewelry making industry utilizes the skeletons of these dead animals. The skeletons are also referred to as "coral". There are certain characteristics of these skeletons that separate the precious from the semi-precious corals. They are color, porosity, hardness and luster. Precious corals are more colorful, less porous, harder, more lustrous and harder to obtain than the semi-precious corals.
Precious red corals are in the greatest demand. Semi-precious corals are less colourful, more porous, softer, and easier to get, than the precious corals. They must be stabilized, filled, treated and usually dyed to make them usable and appealing.
Many "new" corals have appeared on the market. These corals are not really rare or new. Clever names, as well as unusual dyes and treatments, are added to known corals to make them marketable. These are sponge corals typically imported from Taiwan and Indonesia. Their skeletons sometimes have a natural reddish color but are usually dyed to enhance or change their color. In their natural state, they are as porous as their name. These skeletons must be stabilized made harder to be of any use.
Tiger coral is actually a stabilized sponge coral that has had a black matrix added to it. It is then pressed into a brick shape and cut for cabochons, beads etc. It appears that white coral is a bleached, filled and polished coral. No one seemed to know what specific type of coral is used maybe low quality bamboo or red coral. There is a true "White" coral, but it is not used in jewelry making. Fossil corals are well They are usually found inland, sometimes in rivers, in places where the ocean once was.
The fossilized coral we most often see is from Indonesia or from Tibet dyed coral that is often sold as red coral. This coral is not a coral. It is sold under a variety of names. It is made from crushed up or powdered coral that is glued together with polymers or whatever and then shaped to look like coral. These products use any bit of coral and may be one of the primary reasons that younger corals and smaller species of coral are targeted.
In previous times, only the skeletons of older corals and larger species were used. Now, any age and size is vulnerable. Farmed Coral for jewelry making A myth? One may occasionally find a few beads made from odd pieces of stony coral Deep water corals cannot be farmed. These corals have very complicated needs.
At this time, their needs cannot be met in any way other than that which is provided in the natural world. Even if the science was there, these corals are very slow growing and it would not be economically profitable to grow them.
What farmer would plant a crop that would mature only after his or her death? Blue coral a reef building coral has been raised for aquariums. A Note about Coral Farms: Coral farms provide an important source of live coral to the aquarium trade. Buyers of farmed corals can buy guilt free. No harm to the reef was done as a consequence of their purchase.
Coral farms also provide replacement corals for reef restoration! Speaking of reef restoration… Sara, of Soft Flex Company shared a great story about the latest development in the restoration of Staghorn coral in Florida!
It is harvested by state licensed scuba divers using sustainable harvesting techniques. The amount that is harvested is relatively small and as such, most black coral is imported. ALL other corals are imported, mostly from China. The US is the number one importer of precious or semi-precious corals in the world! For a list of the participating countries see http: Unfortunately, only two of the precious and semi precious corals are regulated i.
All other corals used in jewelry making i. It is illegal to harvest with the exception of the highly regulated Hawaiian black corals or to export any corals from the US. The Lacey Act imposes civil and criminal penalties on a federal level for taking, possessing, transporting, or selling corals and other wildlife that have been taken illegally.
The European Union and some other governments have implemented regional measures to preserve their corals such as quotas, permit regulations, reserves, and limits or bans on the use of dredges and other nonselective harvesting equipment.
Very, very little information is available on the status of the blue coral, sponge corals and bamboo corals. More information is available on black corals and is reflected in the many protective measures that have been implemented. Most recently, attention has been focused on red and pink corals for the purpose of the article, hereafter referred to as red corals. They are the corals that are in the biggest demand by the jewelry industry and are the ones in the most trouble.
Historically, the harvester's pattern has been to locate a coral bed, then to exploit everything that is in that coral bed. The harvester would then move onto the next location. Coral has been harvested in the following ways:. In , an effort was made to gain protection via regulation for the red corals. The listing is required for the corals to be regulated.
The benefits of such a listing would have provided:. As long as there is a demand for red corals and the import of red corals is unregulated, there will be excessive, unselective and illegal harvesting. This could lead to the inability of the red corals to recover and an end to the supply for the jewelry trade forever not to mention to the world of medicine. We must do what we can. In , there will be another attempt to have the red corals listed in Appendix II.
More information can be found here: We can sign a pledge: Refuse to purchase or use any corals except for those that can be documented as having been harvested using sustainable practices. Many companies have taken a stand, some are listed on The Too Precious to Wear website. We sell very little coral, shell or any other ocean sourced materials.
As a company owner I will make a commitment to close out our current coral inventory and promise to no longer sell coral. It has been something I have wanted to do for some time.
Enlist the support of others: Take every opportunity to share your knowledge with your suppliers and your buyers. Part of the problem has been lack of information and misinformation. Let people know that one aspect of great importance is that corals are helpful in the world of medicine and their potential is barely touched!
For example, it has been discovered that bamboo corals a red coral have provided an important substance for orthopedic bone grafts! In the course of writing this article, I scoured the internet, read chapters of jewelry and gemology books, and sifted through a mindboggling quantity of scientific and non-scientific papers. I spoke with educated and committed people from coral farms, reef protection agencies and jewelry supply companies, who generously shared information with me by internet and telephone.
I would like to thank Dr. Gregor Hodgson, Executive Director of Reef Check Organization, who helped me understand the specialized needs of precious and semi-precious corals. I would also like to thank Doug Hollister, a coral farmer who helped me appreciate coral farming for what it is. Written by Michele Benson , New York. Miss Scuba All Rights Reserved. Many of us swim, scuba dive and snorkel among them.
We barely notice them as they sit motionless in fish tanks. They are almost NEVER used in the course of jewelry making exceptions are noted further in this article. These corals are typically used by the jewelry industry.
With few exceptions discussed later in this article , precious and semi-precious corals live in deep, dark, current driven waters. It would be a rare and special occasion indeed, if we could see a deep water coral while it was alive. We would have to be looking out of a submarine window! What we see are their processed skeletons, usually mounted into jewelry. A little bit about reef building corals Reef building corals live in shallow water sixty feet or less and are the builders of the larger "Coral Reef".
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