Four Seasons Pearl Earrings
These delicate Four Seasons Pearl Earrings layer freshwater pearls and hand-patterned sterling silver squares or rectangles. Fall adds a faceted carnelian and hematite discs. Winter intersperses 3 white pearls. Spring pairs a flower-etched square with a pink pearl; Summer presents a black pearl and a chic rectangle. Handmade in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur.
Similar pearl jewelry is held 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 InformationThe only gemstones made by living creatures, rare NATURAL PEARLS are produced by mollusks who layer calcium carbonate around a microscopic irritant. Most pearls used commercially today are FRESHWATER PEARLS, cultured or farmed by implanting a grafted piece of shell into freshwater pearl mussels. SHELL PEARLS, also known as simulated or replica pearls are made from mother-of-pearl. Pearl is the birthstone for June.
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