Apple Coral and Sterling Silver French Hook Chandelier Earrings.
These earrings are simply elegant. This pair was skillfully hand crafted out of shimmering Sterling Silver. They prominently feature gorgeous hand cut cabochons of genuine Apple Coral. The Sterling Silver and Apple Coral teardrops have been linked together to create an attractive and stylish design. Non Indian made. These sensational Sterling Silver French Hook Earrings measure 3-5/8" long. They are stamped Sterling. The matrix in the Apple Coral stones may slightly vary. The photo is an excellent representation of the one of a kind hand crafted pair of earrings you'll be receiving.
There are four types of precious coral in Hawaii: black coral (Antipathidae), gold coral (Parazoanthidae), red or pink coral (Corallidae) and bamboo coral. Each of these has a different internal composition. Red and pink corals produce a calcite skeleton similar in hardness to ivory and pearls. Bamboo corals, on the other hand, produce a skeleton composed partially of calcite and partially of protein that is similar to the keratin in your fingernails. These alternating bands of material resemble a bamboo stalk; thus the corals' name. In Hawaii, black corals are found in 100-300 ft. of water, shallow enough to harvest using scuba equipment. Many harvesters, however, have died in pursuit of coral trees at the deep end of this range. Red, gold and bamboo coral are found between 1,000 and 1,500 ft; so harvesting is conducted with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) or submarines.