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Baltic Amber Parrot Necklace
Item #45741
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Beautifully wrought in sterling silver, this silent squawker is exquisitely jeweled with cognac Baltic amber—the gently observant eye and the opulent body. Natural variations will occur with this Baltic Amber Parrot Necklace.
Sometimes called “the golden gem of the ages,” amber is often found in coastal areas, especially from the Baltic Sea where it is sometimes found on the shore after a storm. Since the Stone Age amber has been prized and revered by many cultures for its beauty and for its supposed curative and magical powers. Amber—like the gem gracing this Baltic Amber Parrot Necklace—is curated by the Mineral Sciences Department at our National Museum of Natural History.
18"l. sterling silver snake chain. 3"l. pendant.
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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