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Filigree Teardrop Baltic Amber Pierced Earrings
Item #45831
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The gleaming green Baltic amber teardrops gracing these Filigree Teardrop Baltic Amber Pierced Earrings are presented in radiating filigree settings finely wrought by European silversmiths. Sterling silver. Natural variations will occur.
Spectacular amber jewelry, beads, and specimens—evocative of the amber gems gracing these Filigree Teardrop Baltic Amber Pierced Earrings—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.
Prized since the Stone Age, treasured by ancient civilizations, as well as 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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