Corals are composed of calcareous spar, and color, which is so highly valued by jewelers, they impart impurity of salts of magnesium, oxides of magnesium and iron, and organic compounds. In addition to the popular red minerals highly prized pink, white and rare yellow, black and blue corals.
In jewelry the stone has been used since the dawn of civilization. In excavations of ancient Mesopotamia routinely find jewelry and objects of coral. Medieval monks and priests also appreciated this mineral, attributing to him the cleansing properties and the ability to banish impure thoughts. Coral did beads, they decorated their icons, crosses, Church utensils. Slavic craftsmen were famous for their ability to carve a porous material smooth balls, whose purpose is still a mystery to scientists.
How much are the corals
Mining of corals is in the Red and Mediterranean seas, Indian and Pacific oceans off the coast of South-East Asia. Mineral form living near the coast polyps, secreting calcareous mass, which solidifies under the action of sea water. Mining of corals is a very complex and dangerous procedure: when fishing rarely caught standing instances, and hunters this valuable mineral cause considerable damage to the ecosystem of the underwater world.
The resulting material is divided into root, frothy and precious coral. If the first two classes are mainly used for cheap jewelry, figurines and other small Souvenirs, the noble, the coral is meticulously sorted by color and used skillful jewelers to create these masterpieces.
Like any other stone, coral everyrime estimated according to the following criteria: durability, color homogeneity, presence of a natural pattern formed by the impurities. The purer and the better the stone, the more it will cost the collector. For example, the price of faceted coral weighing 10 carats can exceed $250. However, since to produce a truly unique sample of a mineral is not easy, most of the jewelry is much cheaper. For $60 you can buy a silver ring with a small stone.
Where to buy corals
In search of jewelry made of corals in Russia is to walk around the jewelry stores, antique shops and, of course, flea markets. However, if you don't want to overpay for a fake, should carefully examine the stone before buying. Modern masters learned to imitate so well the minerals that distinguish their artificial coral from the real easy. When buying pay attention to the pattern on the stone: if the stone is indeed a coral, you will notice the mesh structure on the surface.
Often in museums and exhibition centers organize the exhibition of gems and ornamental stones. In such event, not only to admire the minerals, but also to buy handmade jewelry. As a rule, products with coral to such events are inexpensive, but the quality is worth to pay close attention.
Finally, if you are planning a vacation on the ocean near coral reefs, you will be able to purchase jewelry and crafts from this amazing mineral in any souvenir tent at the resort. Excellent copies can be purchased in Egypt, Japan, Australia and the Canary Islands.
Advice 2: How much it costs to buy the island
A romantic dream to buy an island at first glance seems impossible. However, sometimes a private island can be bought for less than a Studio apartment on the outskirts of the city.
The size of the island
It is natural to assume that the cost of the island is greater, the greater its area. In fact, the cheapest in the world is the island of Gatun in the Panama area of about three thousand square meters, which can be purchased for around a million rubles. For a bit of private land, surrounded on all sides by water it is inexpensive. The fact is, buying this island, you will not get bored, because, according to the description, side by side you will have with monkeys, tapirs, toucans and other South American animals. The area of the island twice in the same Panama is already a bit more expensive — about a half million rubles. So, after selling his one-bedroom apartment on the outskirts of the regional center, you can become the owner of a small Panamanian island, thereby exercising his cherished dream.
The location of the island
Another factor in price formation is the location of the island. The decisive point is not only how the island removed from the mainland, but also how developed is the area on the mainland. Thus, if you are going to buy an island of a certain size, you should be aware that Panamanian island is cheaper than, for example, Greek. In the context of this factor the low price of "your" Panamanian Islands is also explained by the low level of development of the country, which he currently belongs. Also affects the price of the stock on the island independent of the sources of drinking water, because in the absence of such it will be necessary to import water from the mainland, which in turn, makes it a necessary condition for a small distance of the island from the mainland.
The infrastructure of the island
Island for sale, can be absolutely wild, such as the already mentioned Gatun or to have its infrastructure. It can also be inhabited by people who the infrastructure is serving. The presence of the island buildings significantly increases the cost. For example, to buy an island near Rio de Janeiro with an area of about eighty thousand square meters with the houses designed for holiday, will cost the buyer about eight and a half million dollars. Despite its high cost, this island can bring the owner an income almost immediately after purchase.
A dream to buy the island is not so feasible. In a world of many Islands from tiny and almost uninhabited until a huge, built up with hotels and one of them may be waiting for you.