The Coral is a magnificent living being and its branched
structure, which resembles a tree, has in itself a great aesthetic value. Yet,
since prehistoric times, man has been working this unique gem to shape it in
Working coral requires a great competence and professionality, which is not easy to acquire and very rare to find. Despite all the technological evolution, this type of manufacturing is still learnt traditionally: in the workshop. This experience is a precious treasure, an heritage that each artisan must acquire so that his hands, his hart and his mind will be able to create masterpieces of craftwork which makes Liverino famous all over the world. Today, in coral manufacturing, the craftsmanship and creativity are combined with technology. Coral is nowday worked, by means of sophisticated equipment coming from Asia, adding power and precision, without overlapping the uniqueness of the human touch.
In order to be transformed into jewelry or pieces of art, the raw coral needs to be worked with two specific techniques: the MANUFACTURING so called “liscio” and CARVING. The first reduces the raw coral in geometric forms, and is mainly used in jewelry. The latter, instead, aims at making products in different shapes and, starting from the irregular features of the coral, enables the creation of real sculptures. In both cases, the process takes place depriving the raw coral from its own material, by using, saws, abrasive wheels and files. The manufacturing process ends with the polishing, with wax or by tumbling.
There is an artistic technique that involves the use of coral and shells. It requires an even greater mastery than the ones named before: the creation of the CAMEO. This word comes from the French "camaheu", which in turn derives from the Arabic "gama'il", meaning bud. The name adequately describes a process in which a skillful engraver, at first draws the subject and then, with specific chisels, carves the shell blooming a perfect sculpture from the raw material.