Coral carving activity reached a great development in Italy as early as 15th century. Jewish artisans from Trapani, Sicily, were the first to start the activity of coral fishing and manufacturing, especially for the realisation of holy objects. When the Jewish communities were forced to leave Sicily because of the Argons domination, they moved to Naples, Livorno and Genoa, where their art was soon appreciated and assimilated by local craftsmen.
Torre del Greco craftsmen have been following the same manufacturing process since the mid-19th century, making a detailed selection of the materials in order to obtain the best possible result to create fine processed stones and jewels.
Historically speaking, there are two main kinds of coral manufactures: liscio (smooth), characterized by geometrical and linear shapes, generally used for fine jewels, and inciso (carved), for carvings and engravings. The mastery of the artisans makes the best of the chromatic hues as well as the stone’s natural shapes, in order to make these creations unique in their beauty.