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Lapis and Pearls Trio Pierced Earrings
Item #50105
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Smithsonian Institution Exclusive

Like fluffy clouds in an azure sky, these dual-sized trios of lapis lazuli (8 and 10mm) and smaller freshwater pearls (6 and 7mm) are in perfect harmony. Sterling silver posts. Assembled in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur with these Lapis and Pearls Trio Pierced Earrings.
Statement gemstone jewelry—like these Lapis & Pearls Trio Earrings—are curated by our National Gem Collection at our National Museum of Natural History. In addition to gems and specimens of pearls and lapis lazuli, the National Gem Collection also includes such treasures as the Dunn Pearl Necklace and a spectacular figurine of carved lapis.
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.

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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