1. Red coral was traditionally believed to save children from illness, promote fertility and protect against witchcraft. Because of these beliefs necklaces of coral beads became an almost universal accessory for young women, especially in Italy where coral was more widely available.
This portrait of a young woman with a coral necklace and pendant was painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio, who was the teacher of Michelangelo, circa 1485.

    Red coral was traditionally believed to save children from illness, promote fertility and protect against witchcraft. Because of these beliefs necklaces of coral beads became an almost universal accessory for young women, especially in Italy where coral was more widely available.

    This portrait of a young woman with a coral necklace and pendant was painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio, who was the teacher of Michelangelo, circa 1485.

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