(Last Updated on : 27/12/2012)
Coral is the skeletal material of calcium carbonate. Small animals that live in colonies in the sea build this up. Red, pink, and white coral is mostly calcium carbonate whereas black and golden coral is conchiolin. Coral is usually branchlike and occurs in a variety of colours, of which the most sought after are rose red to red. Mars is the commandant of the congregation of the nine planets. It is also embodied as the God of War. It is considered a malicious planet in astrology and endows its natives the capability to state their own wants above those of others. Its colour is red and the ruler of the southern direction. On account of its nearness to earth, it is called `Angarak` and the son of earth. It is the emblem of blood and tenaciousness in human life. The gemstone related to Mars Planet
is coral and its zodiac signs comprise Aries
Mythology related to Coral
The origin of Coral can be traced back to the Greek mythology by the story of Perseus. Having petrified Cetus, the sea monster threatening Andromeda, Perseus kept Medusa`s head on the riverbank while he washed his hands. When he recovered her head, he saw that her blood had turned the seaweed (in some variants the reeds) into red coral.
From erstwhile era, coral has been given recognition by every astrologer. It is not a mineral; it is a type of organic substance. It is prepared by non-vertebrate sea creature called Isis Nobiles. Coral is found in the shape of a vine branch at approximately 600-700 feet depth inside the sea. Scientists consider it as a constituent of calcium carbonate.
Corals are found in many colours, like red, scarlet, saffron, pink to vermilion red and white. It is of hot disposition.
Benefits of Coral
Coral creates numerous virtues like valour, tenaciousness, capacity to confront and solve situations and problems and enables a man to take risks. On account of being the dominant gem of Aries and Scorpio, it eradicates hindrances in the way of their good luck and increases their authoritarian power. Men, who are either chicken-hearted or overpowered by their enemies easily, should wear coral. It is also a perfect gem for a blissful conjugal life.
It should be worn by soldiers, policemen, electricians, surgeons, players and workers of ordinance factory.
A variety of forms were used in the Indian jewellery
for the earrings, in which pearl
s, filigree, gems, and coral appeared in floral compositions based on the contrast between the different colours. Coral is thought by the ancients to be a stone. Coral is usually the anniversary gemstone for the 35th year of marriage.
Corals are beautiful in rings
s, and pendants
. Coral is said to protect children and it is given as a gift to children in many countries. Coral is often imitated by plastic, glass, porcelain, and stained bone. Natural coral has a distinctive wood grain texture, which can help identify it as the real thing.
Protection of Coral
Coral is especially fragile. Coral should be protected from scratches and sharp blows. It should always be stored in separate boxes. Large temperature changes should be avoided. Coral should never be cleaned in a home ultrasonic cleaner. Coral should not be worn with other cosmetic products such as acidic perfume. Coral gets easily affected by any chemical product.
How to wear Coral
The Coral`s weight should be a minimum of 2.5 Rattis (300 miligrams) for a ring. A Coral weighing 5,7,9,11,13 rattis are more fortune-providing. Coral should be embedded within gold or copper. The coral ring should always be worn on the ring finger
. The best time to wear a coral ring is one hour after sunrise or up to 11:00 a.m., reciting "Om Bhaum Bhaumaye Namah Om". The wearer should donate lentil, gur and money, after tying it in a red cloth to a Brahmin or priest. Gur (jaggery) should be fed to a red ox. Before wearing the ring for the first time, it is customary to immerse it in raw cow`s milk
and wash it in Ganges River. Coral gem keeps on influencing its wearer for 3 years and 3 days, from the time when it is worn.
There are some of the tests useful for identification of a real coral. These can be mentioned as if real Coral is placed in glass of cow`s milk; the colour of the milk will appear pink or take on a red tinge.
Imitation Coral will not affect the whiteness of milk. The second one can be explained as if a coral is dropped in blood, blood will thicken around it. The third one can be mentioned as true coral changes colour according to the physical well-being of the wearer. It fades before the disorder in physical health is noticeable and resumes its original colour when physical health is restored.