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Balinese Abalone and Silver Dragonfly Earrings
Item #42303
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From the intricately scrolled wings to the segmented tail, these dainty Balinese Abalone and Silver Dragonfly Earrings are handmade by Balinese silversmiths, who jewel the body with a cabochon of iridescent abalone.
Our Asian ethnological collection includes similar jewelry.
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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