QUESTION: "Are coral beads natural?"
MY ANSWER: The answer is yes and no. :) Most coral beads made in the last 10 years or more are natural fossil coral or bamboo coral of some type. However, most of them are dyed to give the bright colors. 'Apple Coral' for instance, is a term for a sponge coral that is dyed red to imitate more expensive corals.
Originally posted on CrystalsAndJewelry.com in 2005. Updated January, 2013.