Native American Materials – Fossilized Coral

What is fossilized coral?

Over time coral is replaced by agate, which cuts easily and takes a high polish. The fossilized coral stone shows small flowers on and within the stone. Colors range from cream to caramel to deep brown, various shades of gray, black, white and occasionally red.

Fossilized coral is used in Native American inlay bracelets, most notably Navajo. Here are a few examples.

Fossilized coral inlay bracelet by Thomas Francisco, Navajo

Fossilized coral inlay bracelet by Thomas Francisco, Navajo

Fossilized Coral Inlay Bracelet by Thomas Francisco, Navajo

Fossilized Coral Inlay Bracelet by Thomas Francisco, Navajo

Fossilized Coral Inlay Bracelet by Thomas Francisco, Navajo

Fossilized Coral Inlay Bracelet by Thomas Francisco, Navajo

One thought on “Native American Materials – Fossilized Coral

  1. I have a round pendant with a cutout of a figure that has legs and arms similar to human. Tha head resembles a crocodile. There are 2 feather- like marks behind the fead and 2 more behind the body . The body is separated top from bottom..
    can you tell me what it represents?

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