Glass Coral vs. Real Coral Placement

Melissa Leib

Melissa Leib

Is placing glass coral the same as real coral? Placement of accessories explained.

I had the opportunity to see one of our stunning Arteriors fixtures up close at our set up at the new City Lights showroom in San Francisco. 

The coral on this fixture is white lacquered resin-there are 49 individual pieces that go into this fixture. I’m in love!!! Anyway, is resin coral the same as real coral as far as adding an element to a space?

In short, no, and don’t sweat it!  Real coral would fall into a couple of Feng Shui elements that might surprise you.

Coral is actually an animal and calcium carbonate (limestone) skeleton. 

In Feng Shui, animals are generally fire element, and limestone generally earth. Fire feeds earth so this is a good combo, but it lives in water, so it’s always in danger of being snuffed out….we see this happening today.

The Diallo Arteriors fixture-it’s fire because it’s lighting, the coral represents fire, but the resin stems are actually made of wood that is treated with lacquer to shape and seal it…

That’s the wood element, which feeds the fire element. 

When we break it down, you can see elemental matches that don’t seem intuitive.

In the end, if you love the Arteriors Diallo like I do, get it and don’t sweat it! The smaller elements in a space don’t have much effect on their own.