Our beautiful coral beads are produced from ethically sourced and responsibly farmed sea bamboo, sponge coral and other farmed coral varieties. We carry Red, Blue, Pink, White and Fossil Coral varieties. Coral beads exude a captivating charm, boasting a rich history and natural beauty. Their organic patterns and vibrant colors make them a delightful addition to any jewelry collection, adding a touch of elegance and uniqueness to your creations.

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Coral beads are small, round pieces of coral that have been carved and drilled to be used as decorative items. Coral is an organic material formed from the skeletons of marine organisms, mainly coral polyps. Coral beads come in a variety of colours, including red, pink, orange, and white, and are often used in jewellery making, especially in necklaces and bracelets. They are also believed to have cultural and spiritual significance in some societies and are used in traditional ceremonies and rituals. Due to the exploitation of coral reefs, the use of coral beads and other coral products has been regulated by some governments to protect coral ecosystems.

To extend the life of coral beads, the following care should be taken:

  1. Avoid exposing coral beads to harsh chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia, as these can cause damage or discoloration.
  2. Store coral beads in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and humidity, as excessive heat and moisture can cause the coral to deteriorate over time.
  3. Clean coral beads regularly with a soft, damp cloth to remove any dirt or oils that may have accumulated on the surface.
  4. Do not wear coral beads while bathing, swimming, or participating in water activities, as water can weaken the structure of the coral and cause it to crack or break.
  5. Have coral jewellery professionally checked and cleaned periodically to ensure its durability and longevity.

By following these care tips, you can help extend the life of your coral beads and maintain their beauty and quality over time.

What is red coral?

Coral beads have a fascinating history and cultural significance, often associated with protection, fertility, and healing properties in many cultures around the world. Traditionally, they are formed from the calcium carbonate exoskeletons of marine polyps, showcasing intricate textures and patterns that make each bead truly unique.

Harvesting coral from reefs is now illegal in most parts of the world due to the damage caused to delicate ecosystems in the oceans. For this reason, coral beads are now made of a farmed sea bamboo coral. This form of coral is naturally a bone colour when dried out, so coral is dyed to the brilliant red colour we’ve become accustomed to.

Coral beads are versatile and can be incorporated into various jewellery designs, from delicate necklaces and bracelets to statement earrings, offering a touch of natural beauty and a connection to the ocean’s wonders.

Where do coral beads come from?

Coral Beads in Australia are made of ethically farmed sea bamboo which is grown specifically for the purpose of being harvested to create beads and accessories. The farms that produce this material are predominately located around Asia. We have seen similar products out of Australia or Europe, however the price is usually 5 times higher, making the beads prohibitively expensive.

Where can I buy Coral beads in Australia?

If you’re looking for great value beads made of coral for your jewellery projects, Beads N Crystals has a selection with new styles arriving regularly.

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