An organic material, coral is prized by the Maison for its myriad hues, which range from white to the brightest red, often exhibiting delicate tones of dusty rose and orange. Whether fashioned into beads or custom cut for setting, coral imparts a warm radiance in Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry creations, as well as select pieces from Perlée and other collections.
Coral has been used in jewelry-making since Antiquity and can be found in the beads and protective amulets of various civilizations across the globe. The Celts would go into battle with coral-set helmets and swords, the Chinese transformed the material into miniature talismans, and African kings incorporated it into majestic finery.
The Maison applies the strictest criteria in its selection process, only using coral that displays a bright, uniform color and smooth, even surface.
To protect this natural material, the Maison recommends storing coral pieces in a fabric-lined box separate from other jewelry, avoiding excessive exposure to sunlight.