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THE PROCESSING OF CORAL

Fishing and coral processing over the centuries have been inextricably intertwined with the history of Sicily.

Inside our workshops, the ancient manufacturing techniques come back to life thanks to the expert skills of the coral masters who with scrupulous attention cut, smooth and work the minute coral branches one by one, combining them together to create the most diverse and original shapes.

After the initial stages of cutting and sifting, the coral is cleaned of the mud and calcareous concretions that have developed in the bottom of the abyss. As soon as it is fished from the sea, the coral is in fact brown-grey in color but careful cleaning brings to light its incredible salmon orange colour.

In the subsequent polishing phase, attention and skill are required, especially if done manually, without the use of mechanical tumblers, to make the most of the intrinsic characteristics of the coral.

CORAL CLEANING

After the initial stages of cutting and sifting, the coral is cleaned of the mud and calcareous concretions that have developed in the bottom of the abyss. As soon as it is fished from the sea, the coral is in fact brown-grey in color but careful cleaning brings to light its incredible salmon orange colour.

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THE ENGRAVING

Our coral, due to its extraordinary quality and compactness, lends itself very well to being engraved. The various forms in which it occurs in nature give our craftsmen great incentive to search for the patterns that best suit the original shape of the branch. When we design jewels we start from the study of the raw branch, respecting its conformation. Thus the precious comes to life following the natural forms of the material, forged by the Mediterranean Sea.

THE SETTING

The soft and delicate colors of Sciacca coral are perfect for being combined with the most precious gems. The embedding of the carved coral and stones is one of the final and most delicate phases of the entire process.

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