Coral tiara, by the Phillips Brothers, English, c. late 1800s.
“What is it about coral that makes it so ardently modern?” – Ruth Peltason
Coral rings, by Monica Rossi, Italian, c. 2005 (carved crab and octopus).
“Coral has a whole new pizzazz about it. It’s timely, gay, young, it’s not precious and it’s a becoming colour with the pale lipsticks.” -David Webb
'Coral star' brooch, by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., French, 1956.
'Valparaiso Idyll' bracelet, by Victoire de Castellane for Dior, French, 2009.
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These earrings are fantastic (I wouldn’t mind wearing them myself):
Horn clipper ship ear pendants, by Gabriella Kiss, American, 2004 (sails made from buffalo horn).
Jewellery made from amber, coral, horn, ivory, pearls, shell, tortoiseshell, wood. But also: scarab beetles, tiger claws, stag’s teeth, bog oak, hair, feathers:
'Spring' necklace, by Jennifer Trask, American, 2005 (butterfly wings).
All images from Ruth Peltason, Jewelry from Nature: Amber, Coral, Horn, Ivory, Pearls, Shell, Tortoiseshell, Wood, Exotica, London: Thames & Hudson, 2010 .
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