Amber Swimming Koi Necklace
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Original Price: $115.00
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Along the coastline where the Vistula River meets the Baltic Sea, the stormy waves that lure fish to calmer shoals also still churn up chunks of amber—a likely inspiration for the Polish artisan who handmade this unusual Amber Swimming Koi Necklace. Luminous, gem-quality Baltic amber forms its eyes and accents its lower, moveable fins. Natural variations will occur. Oxidized sterling silver pendant, 2.125"l. Included sterling silver chain, 18"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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