Coral Reef Earrings
coral • 14kt gold filled
Coral is known as the ‘garden of the sea’. Coral is believed to represent beauty out of perceived ugliness and transformation with an end result of extraordinary joy. Coral forms in warm waters from the skeletons of marine animals that live together in a symbiotic ecosystem. As the colony grows, branches form a unique pattern. Coral shows that as we embrace the future, our past remains as our foundation as we branch out and adapt to the new world and its potential challenges. Another ancient myth supports the themes associated with coral. The myth is about Medusa, a once beautiful woman, turned into a hideous beast by Athena. Medusa was capable of turning a person to stone with a glance. When Medusa was eventually beheaded, it is believed that some of her blood dripped into the sea to form, what we know today as, coral. This legend suggests that although Medusa had been an ugly, evil creature, her blood produced a healing crystal as beautiful as her former self.
Gold filled jewelry is tarnish-resistant and can be worn all the time. It serves as a cost effective alternative to pure gold jewelry without sacrificing quality and durability. Despite its name, gold filled jewelry refers to a process in which a layer of karat gold is heat- and pressure- bonded to a layer of base metal. This process keeps the metal tarnish resistant because it completely covers the surface of the base metal. Gold filled jewelry can be 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, 22kt, and 24kt. It looks like solid gold since its outermost layer is actually gold, however, it is a harder, more durable, and less expensive option than solid gold. Compared to gold plating or vermeil, gold filled jewelry contains 100% more gold, it is generally safe for wearers with allergies to common metals, and it is tarnish resistant. Gold is generally a soft metal; therefore, it should be worn with care to avoid bending, dents, and scratches.