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There are two types of coral – agatized and white. The white coral also comes in red, orange, pink, blue and even black. The agatized coral is formed when ancient limebased coral is gradually replaced by agate (chalcedony). Coral is organic, formed by living organisms. It forms from branching, antlerlike structures created from coral polyps in tropical and subtropical ocean waters. When the coral polyps die, the hardened skeleton remains, and this material is what is used as a gemstone.
History, mythology & legends
Coral has been valued for many years as a gift from the sea mothers. It is regarded as a lucky, magical and protective gemstone, especially for children. According to Greek mythology, the origin of this gemstone is told by the story of Perseus. Having petrified a sea monster threatening Andromeda, Perseus placed Medusa’s head on the riverbank while he washed his hands. When he recovered her head, he saw that her blood had turned the seaweed (in some variants the reeds) into red coral.
Traditional & emotional healing
Coral is said to ease teething in infants, all children’s illnesses and even epilepsy. It protects children and older people from falls and helps female reproduction organs, absent menstruation, recovery from orthopaedic and microsurgery. It is useful for cell and bone growth, improves bone marrow and skin health. It is believed to help overcome fear of water and of travelling by sea. Agatized coral may help with immune system and even digestive disorders. It boosts self confidence where a person has been undermined over a number of years, perhaps as the youngest child in a family.