Agatized & Stylized
Agatized coral for mineral home décor features unique pieces with an interesting history.
I first came across agatized coral in the Great Smoky Mountains, showcased by a diver from Florida. The colors caught my eye, from deep blues to rustic reds, with polished facets juxtaposed against a rugged exterior.
The colorway changes throughout the piece like an aesthetic wave. Sparkles dance in crystalized forms as the druzy catches the sunlight. I began to speak with a diver, who found the agatized coral hidden deep in Florida waters.
He picked up a piece lovingly in his hands, and began to tell its story….
Fossils fill the gaps with various forms of rock crystal quartz and chalcedony, giving the agate its sparkle and shine.
The term “agatized” refers to the variety of translucent chalcedony called “agate” which contains tiny crystals and is characterized by rich coloration.
Florida's State Stone
From Cave to Home
The coral, rough on the outside, is cut in two with a diamond saw. It then follows a three-step cleaning process over 48 hours, beginning in a vibrating flat ground with silicon carbide.
It is then cleaned, washed, and goes through a polishing process.
Agatized coral is rare and sought after, if you can find it. It shows up sporadically at rock and mineral fairs, where I first discovered it myself.
The diver put the piece down and stood back to admire his collection. His life was dedicated to the coral’s search and discovery. He admired its story; I appreciated its beauty.
He introduced himself as John, and from there we became quick friends. I began to travel to him in Florida to start my own collection.
The Interi Touch
I marry the agate coral with 18th century Italian artifacts to create unique sculptural pieces. Larger corals stand proudly in their own right, which I decorate with fossil ammonites and crystals.
The raw minerals with crystalized quartz and druzy accent neutral tones with dark blues, grey, pink, tan, amber and black.
The combination of organic coral with historic artifact creates a piece that appears to have evolved together over time.
We carried the agatized coral from the caves of Florida to high-end homes throughout the USA. From the Architectural Digest show to Century Furniture, Interi has showcased these pieces, catching the eyes of admirers as the agatized coral first caught mine in North Carolina, 15 years ago.