Technical knowledge and experience, two inseparable elements, which allow you to select the best shells for engraving, whether they are Cassis RUFA (CORNEOLA) or Cassis MADAGASCARIENSIS (SARDONICA).
In a first cutting phase called "CHIPPING", the cup, upper part of the shell, is replaced by the rest that can not be used.
The signature (figure 1) of the cup is perhaps the first real processing step during which, by means of some calibrated metal shapes, the rough cameos are drawn on the inner surface of the cup.
The raw cameo is then glued onto a wooden spindle with Greek pitch to facilitate grip during the "ENGRAVING" phase (figure 2). The skilled hands of our craftsmen, then transform a product of the sea into a unique, always different jewel, quality that only a craft product can have.
The coral, or coralium rubrum from the Latins, also referred to as "red gold", a hallmark of taste and elegance, once fished can be worked in different ways and techniques. The product is modeled and transformed into a laboratory through manual processing and machinery, for the realization of multiple formats. Depending on the type of application, different products come out, called pellets, barrels, fringes, olive groves, domes, canes, etc.
Since the Sumerian era, coral has been a source of wealth for the people, and of inspiration for the characters of the art and fashion world. The culture of this processing comes from southern Italy, up to our Torre del Greco hometown.
It is also said that the coral possesses magical and portentous qualities, which preserves from demons, from negative influences and from envy.