Six-Strand Columbian Copal Jewelry Set
Translucent romance, the Six-Strand Columbian Copal Jewelry Set showcase the dazzling beauty of “Caribbean amber”—a gorgeous replication of rare fluorescent green Dominican amber, painstakingly created from Columbian copal by Lithuanian jewelers. The decorative filament necklace is secured with a lobster claw clasp. The teardrop dangles feature French wires. Natural variations will occur. Necklace, 17.5"l.; Pierced Earrings, 0.875"l.
Though 40-60 million-year-old Baltic amber is renowned for its glowing beauty, younger 20-40 million-year-old Dominican amber is prized for its stunning fluorescent blues and greens evocative of the Caribbean Sea. Saluting this rare translucent beauty, Lithuanian jewelers developed a complex and expensive process to replicate its stunning green hue. Made from younger Mesoamerican amber, or copal, the dazzling result is making its Smithsonian debut in this extraordinary collection—each piece a magnificent reflection of the numerous amber specimens, beads, carvings and jewelry 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.
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