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Bentley Snowflake Pin/Pendant
Item #40378
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Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

Dazzle With Fire and Ice. A glistening homage to one of Wilson Bentley's striking snow crystal micrographs, our Smithsonian-licensed Bentley Snowflake Pin/Pendant is encrusted with Swarovski® crystals. An enchanting adornment—for your holiday wardrobe or for your Christmas tree—it comes with a 28"l. black necklace cord and a red ornament ribbon. Pewter base. Made in the U.S.A.
Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931), a self-educated Vermont farmer, was so enthralled by snowflakes that he adapted a microscope to a bellows camera to capture images of these tiny beauties. His pioneering work in photomicrography produced thousands of pictures of different snowflakes and proved that each fleeting snowflake was a unique masterpiece. Almost 500 of these photos were donated to the Smithsonian by Mr. Bentley. Now curated by our National Museum of American History, these striking images inspired our selection of glittering gifts, decorative pieces and apparel.

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Customer Reviews

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By Deb
North Dakota
December 26, 2012
"Beautiful pin for a coat; receive lots of compliments. What they don't see is the poor clasp on the pin that does not stay closed; I am constantly afraid it is going to fall off my coat. Poor design and/or workmanship on the clasp."
By Hopalong68
December 25, 2012
"Gift for my wife, who said, "It's much brighter and more brilliant than in the catalogue. I'll wear it all winter!" Big hit!"
By Rory
December 20, 2012
"I use this lovely product as an enhancer on a chain."
By TexasExDogLover
December 19, 2012
"I have received compliments every time I have worn this item. I've worn it both as a pendant and as a brooch. My only concern is that the clasp opens very easily when worn as a brooch, so I am concerned it may open accidently and I will lose the snowflake without realizing it."
By Lover of unusual pins
Raleigh, NC
December 18, 2012
"I have gotten compliments on the pin each time I have worn it. Great as a Christmas pin with outfits not in Christmas colors."