Coral(Moonga) is an organic gemstone, which is formed by living organisms, unlike most of the mineral origin gemstones. Being an ancient gemstone, it has been in use for more than thousands of years. Coral holds a chemical formula of CaCO₃. Owning a hardness of 3 to 4 on the Mohs scale, it has opaque and translucent transparency.
Coral originally originated in a naturally dull consistency and extreme work with concentrated polish is done to bring out that super-smooth vitreous spark and waxy glass luster. Due to the polyp formation, Coral is sometimes found in solid form while sometimes in porous. Though it arises in some extremely pretty colors, it is quite a soft and brittle gemstone, which does not allow it to be very durable. Coral is highly prone to both chipping & scratches and hence it needs to be handled with an extreme amount of care.nds are known for their hardness and durability. At 10 on the scale of hardness, they are the hardest minerals known to man. Diamond dust is even used to polish metal and marble. One of the best gemstones for everyday jewelry, a natural diamond can remain undamaged even with years of wear. This is why these gems are often found undamaged in heirloom pieces of jewelry.
Most corals are white in color, but nature has given them a range of some stunning swirls and color zones. With red and white shades being most popular and prevalent, corals have other hues to offer, for instance red, white, pink, grey, orange, and black. However it has several other colors, the Red Coral, also known as Precious Coral, is worldwide demanded. In fact, coral is named after its typical pinkish-orange and intense red color. Besides the gorgeous color, coral holds rich inherent astrological properties with it. Therefore, Coral gemstone is highly desired for both ornamental as well as astrological purposes.
In Indian Vedic astrology, Red Coral (Moonga) holds great significance. Owned by the powerful planet Mars (Mangal), red coral is vastly beneficial in inspiring the wearer for creative work and delivering peace. A coral ring made in gold or copper metal is recommended to be worn on Tuesday in the ring finger for fetching good luck, power, position, and prosperity. Coral gemstone not only brings authority and social respect in the life of the wearer, but it is also known for drawing better health.
Coral is been associated with the month of January, February, and March and considered as an auspicious birthstone for the Zodiac signs Aries and Scorpio. However, not everyone is advised wearing Red Coral. Natives of Gemini ascendant should never wear a piece of coral gemstone, especially without consulting a qualified astrologer. On the account of global environmental protection rules, the production of the Coral gemstone is nowadays getting regulated on several stages that result in the decline of its trade.