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Red Coral Gemtone - Origin , Benefits and How to wear it ?


We come across various questions regarding Red Coral, like

Origin of coral ?
Red coral What are the benefits of wearing red coral?
Which finger to wear Red Coral?
Which shape of red coral is best?
What are health benefits of wearing red coral ?
Who should wear red coral and who should not ?

Red Coral is organic (Calcium Carbonate) and not a mineral as other stones, formed by living organisms. It forms from branching, antler-like structures created from coral polyps in tropical and subtropical ocean waters. The skeleton of coral polyps made a cluster and form colonies, reefs or islands.  When the coral polyps die, the hardened skeleton remains, and this material is what is used as a gemstone.

Red Coral is considered as a lucky gemstone. Hephaestus, who was the Greek God of craftsmen, blacksmiths, artisans made his first work from Coral. In the 16th century there was a belief that the sprig of Red or white coral can calm a strong tempest.


According to the Romans, the Red Coral stone was a good remedy for snake bites. They believed that this stone had magical medicinal properties that can cure wounds made by the scorpions. The Roman Children used to wear coral necklace to protect from any disease and keep them healthy.

Coral are White, Red, Orange, Pink, Gray, Black in colour, deeper the red, the more it is prized. Skeletons of coral vary in color; from bright to dark red, to slightly orange-red, to pink, black, blue, and white. Coral is sensitive to acids and heat however, so its shine may fade with time.  Each variety of coral has a different amount of translucency and some properties like  

Hardness             3 - 4
Red coral Crystal System    Amorphous
Refractive Index    1.48 - 1.65
SG                       2.6 - 2.7
Transparency        Translucent to opaque
Double Refraction  172
Luster   Vitreous,   waxy
Cleavage               None

Coral is one of the most ancient gems that is widely used in jewellery for thousands of years. Coral jewellery was first made by the Ancient Egyptians and European burials and it became popular in the Victorian age. During Mesopotamian civilization (3000 B.C) coral was very popular in India and was used mainly in making ornaments. At that time the popularity of coral was very less in Europe.


Story behind the Origin of Coral Gemstone:

The word Coral is derived from Greek word ‘Gorgeia’. The history of coral is based on the story of Perseus, who was the greatest Greek Hero and the slayer of monsters. Medusa who was the sea monster was sent to kill Andromeda who was the daughter of A Ethiopian king Cepheus.

But she was saved by the Greek Hero Perseus, who killed the sea monster Medusa. Then he took the Medusa’s head and put it on the riverbank. After some time he observed that the blood from Medusa’s head turned the seaweed into Red Coral.

Benefits of Red Coral Gemstone according to Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda

1    It benefit in victory over enemies and adversaries. It gives the courage to overcome obstacles and enemies and ensures victory for the individual.

2      The Red Coral benefits in overcoming procrastination and laziness and gives the impetus and the individual to take tasks to their logical conclusion. It helps in overcoming delay.

3     It impacts on the mental health, helps in overcoming symptoms of listlessness and mental depression. It gives energy, vigour and hope. The red coral also imparts courage and helps in overcoming fear and nervousness. It is a great gemstone for boosting self-esteem.

4     It the best healer, it helps in eruptions of the boils, acne, skin ailments, it purifies the blood and guards and protects against cuts, wounds, bruises and injuries.

5   It control temperamental issues, anger problems, and lack of patience.

6   Individuals in professions such as army, armed forces, police, doctors especially surgeons, chemicals, weapon  manufacture or business, scientists, realty business find the Red Coral to be especially effective and beneficial.

7    The Red Coral provides strong protection against evil eye, hexing and black magic.

Red coral is worn in ring finger of right hand for men and ring finger of left hand for women. It is available in Four shapes, Cylindrical, Oval, Round and Triangular. Cylindrical or also called as capsule shape is commonly found. According to Astrology, Triangular shape is considered best for Mars. 

Those having benefic Mars in horoscope but with less power shall definitely wear Red Coral , those with debilitated Mars or in conjunction with Malefics shall not wear Red Coral. Click here to Ask Astroshastra gems expert , whether you shall wear Red Coral or Not…



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