Coral is said to bring good luck and protect children from evil, lightning and tidal waves.
Esteemed for its reputed curative properties, coral was a popular material for bead necklaces in colonial America and remained fashionable well into the nineteenth century. At first imported from Italy via England, it was later supplied directly from Naples, where the coral trade was centered. Entire sets of coral jewelry, consisting of a necklace, two bracelets, a brooch, and a pair of earrings, were imported into this country by mid-century. In 1856, the Paris correspondent for the Boston Transcript wrote, "All ornaments of coral are much in fashion."