Friday, 4 September 2015

Coral Carving: A Traditional Art

Coral is one of the “organic gemstones,” the other main ones being pearls and amber. Made out of calcium carbonate that’s secreted by organisms known as polyps, coral is mostly found in tropical oceans, where colonies of polyps are jammed together to create reefs.

Coral is often fashioned into round, barrel-shaped, or oblong beads, as well as cabochons in necklaces and rings. Sometimes coral is left in its natural state, and sometimes carved with a beautiful design.

Carved Rose

There are basically two productive sectors: plain coral and carved coral.


Plain coral is used in serial Production, which used to be subdivided into the round coral and factory coral.

Carved Ganesha

As is the case with plain coral, coral carving entails sawing, filing, cutting, burning and lathing off material from the object concerned.


Coral carving enables us to obtain products of various shapes. No matter how complex and unpredictable these shapes can be, we can make real sculptures sometimes.


Carved coral are making a comeback as the perfect example of modern technology borrowing ancient techniques. Long ago, corals were designed into many different shapes, designs and symbols rather than smooth and shiny gemstones. The art of carving coral has been a tradition for many years and has been practiced by many artisans all over the world.

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Article by
Krupa J.S.
CAD Designer,SDI