We want to confirm that you have purchased an article made from natural coral and that it has been crafted by the skilled hands of the artisans of the small village of Torre del Greco near Naples.
We also would like to assure you that its origin is authentic and that the harvesting of the corals used in our business is sustainable.
First we would like to clarify a few very important aspects in regard to our products:
The corals used in our jewelry are very different from the ones in coral formations, although they belong to the same group (Cnidaria) and class (Antozoi).
The type of coral used in our jewelry belongs to the family of Gorgonie, while the corals of tropical reefs are in the family of Madreporaria, which live in shallow water and are too brittle to be used in our industry. Their collection and marketing is prohibited.
The 5 species of corals we utilize for our jewelry are: Corallium rubrum (from the Mediterranean Sea), Japanicum, Elatius, Secundum and Konjoi (all from the Pacific Ocean).
None of these species come from tropical coral reefs.
The Japanicum coral has colors ranging from the intensive red of the Japanese dark red coral ( l’Aka) to the light pink of the famous Angel Skin coral (il Boke) and from the orange of the Cerasuolo to the pinkish white of the Deep sea or the Missu coral.
It can be found even at great depths (between 1000 and 1500 meters deep), hence the name: Deep Sea Coral.
Since July 1st 2008 this species has been included into the Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (C.I.T.E.S.).
Since then, only corals that were collected before that date have been being processed.
The Corallium rubrum, also known as the Sardinian Coral or Mediterranean Coral, lives at depths of up to 200 meters and is generally red in color, with lighter or darker shades depending on its origin.
Mining of this coral is allowed and regulated by special legislation which has existed for years and has been applied throughout the Mediterranean Sea.
Thanks to these legislations, scientists were able to determine that those two species of corals are not in danger of extinction because they are being adequately protected.
We are working on the front lines to ensure their “sustainable use” under the control of the FAO agency General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
“Sustainable use” means collection practices which ensure that the raw material that feeds our craft will be available far into the future.
The most important regulations for the management of corals in the Mediterranean Sea are:
· Collecting may be carried out only by divers.
· The only tool allowed for harvesting is an axe.
· Harvesting in depths of less than 50 meters is prohibited.
· Authorized collectors are required to report the quantities collected to the authorities by filling out a specific form which is used to set up a database.
· Collecting coral branches with a diameter of less than 7mm is prohibited.
· The corals collected may be landed only in ports designated by the local authorities.
Local management plans which regulate coral collecting in different areas of the Mediterranean Sea allow to implement measures that are more restrictive than those regulations listed above.
Local management is based on a system that limits the numbers of harvest licences, puts into place collection quotas for all collectors, makes sure the collection areas are rotated and restricts the harvesting period.
All these measures taken together, under the constant supervision of the GFCM, make the harvesting of our coral environmentally friendly and sustainable, and protect the marine environment.