Victorian coral dog head stick pin, the head of a bulldog realistically carved on coral with a gold dog collar and buckle, set to an 14 karat yellow gold pin. The coral has a beautiful orange color, with “flame” growth lines that are clearly visible to the naked eye. English jewel from the late 19th century, late Victorian, early Edwardian period, circa 1890
Total height: 7,5 cm
Width of the head : 12 mm
Weight : 2,68 gr
Coral is a gem of organic origin. Only the branched limestone trunks of certain corals are used in jewellery. Its colour is due to organic pigments close to carotene: varying from blood red to white, passing by the pink “angel skin”. Currently, most coral species are protected under CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.