Gemstone of Mars – Red Coral (Moonga)

Red Coral, Moonga, or Pravaal in the Vedic astrology, is another organic gemstone after pearl. It belongs to planet Mars. Like pearl, red coral is also an organic gem found in the sea water. Corals are the product of the tiny gelatinous marine animals called polyps, it excretes a carbonic substance from which the corals grow in the form of leafless trees and branches. It looks like an underwater colorful plant, however, red coral is the skeleton of individual polyps. You will be amazed to know that it takes a thousand years of very slow biological process, 1 millimeter per year, to make corals. It comes in many colors, however, coral from astrological point of view should be red in color. The color of the coral depends on the depth it is found. It may come in different colors from pink to deep red. According to ancient Roman belief, Red Coral stone helps in wounds caused by snakes and scorpions.[pullquote-left]Most of the world demand for coral is by the jewelry industry, the United States is the number one importer of these stones, it imported more than 26 million pieces of red coral from 2001 to 2006.[/pullquote-left]

How to wear Red Coral

Red Coral rings ideally should be studded in copper, however, it may also be used with gold and silver. The ring should be worn on Tuesday on the ring finger or the index finger of the right hand. Do not wear it without consultation of an experienced astrologer. Some people also wear it in the strand of beads. Coral harvesting is banned across the world, and it is illegal to procure it from sea-bed. People use following three methods to take out coral from the sea: Dredging, Scuba, Submarine

Benefits of Wearing Red Coral

Wearing a red coral can help those involved in the business of building, computers, and iron machinery. It evokes passion, romance, love, courage, physical strength, forcefulness, vitality and energy. It helps with the women’s fertility, ambition, motivation and desire; increase finances, ward away depression, calm the mind. Red coral also helps with hiccups, colic, heartburn, disorders of the kidneys, bladder, thyroid, fever, knee problems, arthritis, piles, impotency, typhus, and smallpox.
It helps to reduce the rashness, anger, Manglik Dosh, fear and bad dreams. Red corals are tied around the neck of the children to save from diseases and evils. Coral reefs are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet, dying off at an alarming rate.

Natural Red Coral

Most red corals in the market are artificial. High quality, natural red coral is very difficult to procure not only for a common man, but traders also. As it is found in seawater, The European Union and Environment Protection Law worldwide declares it illegal to harvest corals from the sea. Hence, it is in very short supply nowadays. Hawaiian Black Coral is very stunning in appearance and it is duly protected by the Federal law and cannot be exported.

Natural Red CoralImage Credit: Coral.org.in

Coral could have some flaws in terms of dents, holes, or cracks. Coral is often treated with wax and other material to hide the flaws and improve its appearance. Plastic, wood and wax are also used in the making imitation red coral. Always purchase high-quality coral from a reputable merchant. Red Jasper, Red Carnelian and Red Bloodstone can be used as a substitute of Red Coral. Due to all these hardships, coral is being replaced by fossil coral. Most of the sea water coral today harvested from the Mediterranean Sea of Sardinia, Italy.

More About Red Coral

Coral is formed by the hardened skeleton remains of the coral polyps in the ocean waters. Its red color is due to iron oxide It is said that these stones can be found at the depth of 20 to 1000 feet on the rocky sea floor, in the murky depths or dark caverns. Majority of coral is white, however, nature creates coral in many other colors also. Red Coral is popular, precious and most used gemstones. Coral also comes in white, pink, yellow, cream, chocolate and black color. Coral is soft and brittle, and not very durable, as it consists of more than 90 percent calcium carbonate, and need special care as any form of chemical can damage it. It should also be saved from scratches. Coral ring should be removed before putting your hands in the water or exposing it to the bright light, perfume, and any chemical.
Coral is found in the tropical to the subtropical saltwater of the Red Sea, the Canary Islands, the Midway Islands, the Taiwan, Malaysian coast, the Australian coast, and in the Italy and Hawaii. It is said that real coral gemstone fades before the disorder in physical health.
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