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Carnelian and Chalcedony Pierced Earrings
Item #48634
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Celebratory and classic in red, white and green, these semiprecious Carnelian and Chalcedony Pierced Earrings are beaded with one each rich red carnelian, lustrous faux pearl, and color-enhanced green chalcedony. Lacy gold-plated bead caps complete this festive look. Made in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur.
These Carnelian and Chalcedony Pierced Earrings celebrate semiprecious carnelian and chalcedony—stones well represented in our National Gem Collection. In addition to carnelian and chalcedony minerals and gems, the Museum curates several ancient carnelian jewelry pieces, including a 1st – 4th century, A.D. Roman necklace.
2"l. Gold-plated earwires.
Carnelian is a variety of semiprecious quartz with a brownish red to orange color. One of the oldest known gemstones, carnelian was prized by nobility throughout antiquity. Carnelian is believed to bring good luck to its wearer.

Chalcedony is a fine-grained microcrystalline quartz with a waxy luster that occurs in many colors—typically white, gray or translucent blue. Named for the ancient maritime town of Chalcedon at the mouth of the Bosphorus, chalcedony was a treasured gem of the ancient world.

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