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Balinese Abalone and Silver Necklace and Earrings

Item #47309

Price: $45.00 - $175.00

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The intricate designs of this Balinese Abalone and Silver Necklace and Earrings are handmade by Balinese silversmiths, who inlay the butterfly wings and the scrolled earrings with naturally iridescent abalone.

Balinese Abalone and Silver Necklace $175.00
Balinese Abalone and Silver Pierced Earrings $45.00

 Necklace, 19"l. with 2.5"w. pendant and 0.5"l. extender; Pierced Earrings, 1.5"l.

Museum Provenance

Recalls similar jewelry in our Asian ethnological 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

The thick inner shell of the marine gastropod abalone is composed of nacre, or mother-of-pearl. In many species this layer is highly iridescent, making it especially desirable for use in jewelry.

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