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Baltic Amber Collar Necklace
Item #45787
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Hand-shaped Baltic amber lozenges (the longest 1.5"l.) graduate this magnificent Baltic Amber Collar Necklace. Arrayed in their natural amber hues—translucent cognac, honey, lemon, and multi-inclusion green, occasionally accented with opaque butterscotch—natural variations will occur.
Unrivaled in craftsmanship, elegance, and style, this extraordinary Baltic Amber Collar Necklace is a work of art—crafted entirely by hand by a Lithuanian amber artisan. Spectacular amber jewelry, beads, and specimens are curated by our National Museum of Natural History, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery and learning about the natural world. Scientists and researchers explore areas of anthropology, ethnology, botany, entomology, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology and the mineral sciences.
17.5"l. with barrel screw clasp.
Prized 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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