In ancient times coral finds its popularity as an amulet, as evidenced especially by the classic "cornetto", Italian for "little horn" or "hornlet", an amulet worn to protect against the evil eye. It was believed also to have beneficial effects on female fertility and to protect children from harm. Widespread belief among the Romans, who used to put a sprig around the neck of their children.
But beyond any questionable property or attribution, it is as prestigious ornament that coral finds its affirmation. The processing of coral was mainly carried out by Jews from the fifteenth century onwards. There were around 50 coral workers, who were first organised in a consulate and later in a workforce in 1555.
Curator — Camera di Commercio di Trapani