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Baltic Amber Pierced Calla Lilies Earrings
With sleek sterling silver settings culminating in organically shaped beads of cognac Baltic amber, these exclusive Baltic Amber Pierced Calla Lily Earrings let you accessorize with flirtatious understatement. Handcrafted by Polish jewelers with sterling silver settings and findings. Natural variations will occur. 2"l.
Amber has been collected from the shores and seabed of the Baltic Sea for nearly 6,000 years. Like the amber gems gracing these elegant Baltic Amber Calla Lily Earrings, Baltic amber is still prized for its translucent glow and supposed powers of healing. Magnificent amber specimens, beads, carvings and jewelry are held in Our National Museum of Natural History’s Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
Additional Gemstone InformationPrized since the Stone Age, treasured by ancient civilizations, and coveted by 18th- and 19th-century European monarchs, amber (particularly 40,000-50,000 year-old Baltic amber) is still highly valued for its natural translucence. A glowing organic gemstone (naturally occurring in various shades of brown, yellow, or green), amber is actually the fossilized resin of prehistoric trees. Natural inclusions such as plant life or insects increase its worth.
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