Red coral or precious coral is still harvested throughout the Mediterranean Sea at depth of 30 metres or below. Jewellery of all shapes and sizes has been made using coral since antiquity.
Shops selling red coral jewellery can be found in Bonifacio Corsica. These delicate branches are believed to be endowed with mysterious properties that protect the wearer from danger.
On the port of Cassis just west of Marseille a local fisherman is on the port on a daily basis selling sponges and raw coral branches that he has harvested. Although too small to make any sort of jewellery they are quite spectacular unpolished.