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. It 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 authoritarial 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. It is useful for increasing self-assurance, administrative potential and the power of applying rights in social & political arenas. It is advantageous in transactions pertaining to buying and selling of land and properties.
A variety of forms were used in the Indian jewelry for the earrings, in which pearls, filigree, gems, and coral appeared in floral compositions based on the contrast between the different colors. Coral is thought by the ancients to be a stone. Coral is usually the anniversary gemstone for the 35th year of marriage.
Coral averts abortion, fever, piles, impotency, typhus, small-pox etc. Children can be protected from diseases like rickets and stomach-ache, by putting on the coral mala or beads around their neck. Coral is used in difficulties of the lungs and digestion. It relates to the circulation of the blood and to the heart. Coral helps restore harmony in the event of emotional conflict. It works against nutritional deficiencies, depression and lethargy. The use of coral oxide with honey makes one sturdy and when used with betel leaf, the coral paste cures a person from cough and heart disease. Coral is said to cure madness and give wisdom. This is also used to build an emotional foundation. It aids in the safe crossing of rivers, passages through tempests. It excites nerve power, brilliancy and gladness and is a true health-giver. It should be noted that coral loses its powers when broken.
How to wear : The Coral`s weight should be a minimum of 2.5 Rattis (300 mg) 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 water.
Coral gem keeps on influencing its wearer for 3 years and 3 days, from the time when it is worn.
It should be worn by a native of Aries sign of the zodiac, persons whose names start with-chu, che, cho, la, li, lu, le, lo, a- and Scorpio people whose names begin with- tao, na, nee, nu, nay, no, ya, yee, you and individuals, whose date of birth falls on 9,18, 27 or born during the period starting from 14th April to 15th May and from 17th November to 15th December. A person with 9 as his/her lucky number, can also wear coral.
How to choose the best coral: The best Coral should be of deep red color. It should have regular shape and even surface. The best coral should be of round or oval shape. Usually the good ones are free of dents, holes, or perforations. These are smooth.
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 color 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 color according to the physical well-being of the wearer. It fades before the disorder in physical health is noticeable and resumes its original color when physical health is restored.
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.
Corals are beautiful in rings, necklaces, 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.