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Forest Treasure Leaf Earrings
Item #42363
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The preserved filigreed aspen leaves of these Forest Treasure Leaf Earrings have been gilded in 24k gold and accented with faceted lapis drops—creating gorgeous one-of-a-kind earrings. 14k gold-filled earwires. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Each may vary slightly.
These Forest Treasure Leaf Earrings are representative of mixed media jewelry in the costume collection at our National Museum of American History, Behring Center, which curates more than 30,000 garments and accessories.
Intensely deep blue in color, lapis lazuli, or lapis, has been valued as an ornamental stone since the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Rome—which valued it more highly than sapphires and turquoise. A rock composed of three different minerals, the finest lapis still comes from a remote mountain valley in northern Afghanistan, where it has been continuously mined for more than 6,000 years.

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