Sponge Coral or Corallium Gorgonacea, comes from the Pacific Ocean. It grows at depths of 10 to 50 m, is harvested by divers and looks like a small tree. Individual corals can reach a diameter of over one meter. There are over 2000 types of coral, of which some threatened species are under protection. Sponge coral, which is not a protected species, occurs in great numbers, only a small proportion of which is harvested.
The unusual color is fascinating, (especially in the very good quality worked by Bernd Wolf). Coral is used in amulets as protection against the “evil eye”. Coral is said to strengthen love: it symbolizes the power of the water world; in Ancient China it represents long life.