Coral has been called the 'garden of the sea'. It was once believed to be a plant, but is now known to actually contain living animals called polyps. Coral is the result of accumulated skeletal masses from these polyps. Found in a range of colours - white, red, black to blue, and brown, although red is considered the most sought after colour. Not any type of coral can be to create the red jewellery we all know. Only two types; corallium rubrum and corallium japonicum. Found in the Mediterranean sea - off the coat of Australia, the South Pacific, the waters of Japan and Africa.Coral is chemically similar to pearls and has been known to grow as tall as 40cm, with branches 4cm thick. It is polished to create the coral jewellery we see in shops. Coral is a good aid for meditation or visualization.