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Glass "Sapphire" and Shell Pearl Necklace
Item #45804
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Smithsonian Exclusive Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

Accessibly regal, this Glass "Sapphire" and Pearl Shell Necklace is hand-strung with shell-based freshwater pearls and glamorous glass "sapphire" teardrops. This Smithsonian exclusive features gold-filled spacers and a gold-plated toggle clasp. Handmade in the U.S.A.
This Glass "Sapphire" & Shell Pearl Necklace is representative of fine jewelry in the costume collection at our National Museum of American History, Behring Center, which curates more than 30,000 garments and accessories. Among the many accessories included in the collection are pieces of jewelry, scarves, shoes, and handbags.
The only gemstones made by living creatures, rare NATURAL PEARLS are produced by mollusks who layer calcium carbonate around a microscopic irritant. Most pearls used commercially today are FRESHWATER PEARLS, cultured or farmed by implanting a grafted piece of shell into freshwater pearl mussels. SHELL PEARLS, also known as simulated or replica pearls are made from mother-of-pearl. Pearl is the birthstone for June.

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