Red Coral ( Moonga )
Image Title: Red Coral in rose shape
Unlike most other gemstones which are of mineral origin, Coral is organic, formed by living organisms. Coral grows in the ocean and is made up of millions of minuscule marine creatures known as coral polyps. These polyps build their shell-like, hard, protective homes by secreting calcium carbonate around them. When the coral polyps die, the hardened skeleton remains, and this material is used as a gemstone. Coral is one of the few gems that specify a specific colour, i.e., white, pink, orange, and red being the most prevalent. This Red Coral or Precious Coral as it is often known by is the most used gemstone form of Coral.
Coral is an ancient gemstone and has been used for thousands of years. Many cultures across the world have valued Coral for adornment, and also for its reputed mystical features. The Romans believed Coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure wounds made by snakes. In West Africa, red precious coral jewellery (necklaces, wristlets and anklets most notably) are signifiers of high social rank. In Hindu astrology, Red Coral is ruled by the Planet Mars, and this planet holds a lot of significance in Vedic astrology. It is believed that Mars possesses the power to make the wearer’s life better than before. This planet represents health, courage, passion, and fervour. Thus, wearing coral gemstone can make the life of the wearer more auspicious and fill it with the benefits that the Planet Mars provides. In the early 20th century, Coral remained popular, adding a vibrant splash of colour to all manner of jewellery.
Image Title: Diamond Coral Earring
According to astrology, generally, red coral gemstone should be worn in the ring finger of the right hand. For good astrological effects, one should wear red Coral on Tuesday morning between 5 AM to 7 AM in Shukla paksha around sunrise.
The red coral gemstone benefits the wearer with quality of perseverance, courage and the ability to face and solve troublesome issues. Health conditions related to heart, blood pressure, hemoglobin, blood flow, as well as menstrual cycle could be improved by wearing this stone. It is particularly helpful in preventing impotence, abortion, piles, typhus, smallpox, fever, and other ailments. It enhances stability in one’s life. Children seem to get relief from conditions like rickets, stomach ache etc. Another benefit of this stone is that it helps those couples who are facing difficulties in their married life and wish to lead a blissful married life. An excellent advantage of wearing red coral gem is that it improves the mental health of the wearer as well as their self-esteem, helping them ward off depression, fear, and anxiety.
Coral is naturally dull; polishing is required to bring out its glassy lustre. Coral gemstones can be either solid or porous, depending on the polyp formation. Despite Coral’s pretty colours, it is very soft and brittle. It is prone to both scratches and chipping. Coral used in jewellery is often translucent to opaque in clarity. Coral in its natural state is not lustrous, but when polished and waxed, it displays a smooth, glossy sheen. The quality of the lustre depends on how well the gemstone has been polished.
To clean it, wipe with a soft damp cloth. Coral should never be soaked in a cleaning solution or placed in an ultrasonic cleaner. It should also be stored away from other jewellery that may scratch the Coral’s surface.