Vintage Black Coral Turtle Charm from Hawaii. This lovely little turtle is puffy and would be perfect to hang on a charm bracelet or necklace. For many years people have believed coral has protective powers. It was often gifted to children and relatives. It was hand carved and there is a loop or bail at the top.
You will be surprised by the feel of black coral and how light weight it is. Look closely at this charm and you will see thin golden brown markings on it like branches. This coral has been polished to remove the rings on the front and to get a beautiful very shiny surface with an even black color. In the 1950's Hawaiian black coral was found at extreme depths exceeding 175 feet. It has long been a Hawaiian favorite gemstone. Once abundant in the Persian Gulf area and other oceans, but that has been exhausted. AA quality
- Size: ½ inch
- Circa 1980's
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