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Baltic Amber Barrel-Bead Necklace

Item #45740

Price: $295.00

Availability: On Backorder - Available to Ship 09/25/17

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Each translucent bead of cognac, lemon, or cherry amber was hand-shaped by Lithuanian amber artisans—creating a stunning Baltic Amber Barrel-Bead Necklace. Natural variations will occur.  19"l. with barrel-screw clasp.

Museum Provenance

Evocative of amber jewelry in our National Gem Collection.

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 Information

Prized 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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