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Baltic Amber Owl Necklace
|A Smithsonian Institution Exclusive|
This noble (but still adorable) symbol of wisdom perches on a branch, the better to display his gorgeous cherry amber eyes and translucent cognac amber breast. The exceptional work of Polish silversmiths, the 1.75"l. pendant is presented on an 18"l. Italian-made snake chain with spring ring clasp. This Baltic Amber Owl Necklace has a sterling silver chain, pendant and findings. Natural variations will occur. 1.75"l. pendant; 18"l. Italian-made snake chain with spring ring clasp.
Unrivaled in elegance and craftsmanship, our artisan Baltic amber jewelry celebrates the magnificent amber specimens, beads, jewelry, and talismans curated by our National Museum of Natural History.
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 InformationPrized 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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