Corals (Anthozoa, Greek for anthos 'flower' + zoon 'animal' - literally 'flower-animal') are a group of marine rock-forming stingfish attached to the seabed. Their habitat is tropical seas. However, they also found a home in the cool seas of the Northern Hemisphere. Several rare species have been recorded in the Polish Baltic Sea.
Durable structures made by corals have been widely used in the decorative arts for thousands of years. Coral appears in ancient Egyptian art as well as in ancient Europe.
Currently, however, the constant demand is contributing to a significant loss of the fragile coral population. Commercial harvesting lowers reproductive performance and reduces genetic diversity.
For a long time, reef destruction issues have held me back from doing my coral project. I was very happy when Przemysław Słomski from the 79th Element company specializing in the sale of investment gold contacted me. At the meeting, he presented me with magnificent amber from the Baltic Sea. I immediately thought of a necklace design where the resin stone would be surrounded by a coral.
However, in order not to contribute to the destruction of the environment, we have agreed that the coral will be made of gold. Thanks to this, it perfectly matched the color of amber and allowed for a more free form. For the project, I analyzed the anatomy of live corals and the calcareous structures that make up the reefs. After accepting the drawing, I started to implement it.
The main frame was perfectly matched to the baroque shape of the stone. Then the amber was chained in it without the use of glue or other auxiliary methods. The composition is completed with diamonds embedded in a golden coral. The photo session with the necklace took place in the picturesque Wojanów Palace.