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Honeycomb and Bee Baltic Amber Necklace
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Hoping, perhaps, to sample some of the honey inside (tiny shakable cognac Baltic amber beads), a cognac and butterscotch amber honeybee with openwork wings clings to a honeycomb. This Honeycomb and Bee Baltic Amber Necklace is finely crafted by amber and silver artisans. Sterling silver. 1"l. pendant and 19"l. snake chain (with 0.5" extender and lobster clasp).
Our extraordinary collection of Baltic Amber Jewelry celebrates the splendid amber jewelry and specimens curated by our National Museum of Natural History. Entirely handcrafted by Polish or Lithuanian amber artisans, each piece is a work of art, unrivaled in craftsmanship, elegance, and style. Natural variations will occur.
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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