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Smithsonian Festive Gemstone Holly Pierced Earrings
Item #50057
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Absolute holiday elegance, these Smithsonian Festive Gemstone Holly Pierced Earrings pair ruby zoisite and red shell pearl. Sterling silver findings. Handmade in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur.
The quartz crystal, ruby zoisite, and aventurine bejeweling this Smithsonian Festive Holly Jewelry are all beautifully represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection. One of the greatest collections of its kind, Our National Gem Collection includes over 375,000 individual specimens, including such treasured pieces as the Hope Diamond and the Logan Sapphire.
One of the most abundant minerals in the Earth's crust, quartz displays the greatest profusion of colors, patterns, and textures of any mineral. Gems cut from individual quartz crystals include amethyst, smoky quartz, rock crystal, citrine, and rose quartz. Finely grained quartz, which ranges from translucent to opaque, is typically carved or cut as cabochons or beads.

Sometimes mistaken for jade, aventurine is a compact variety of translucent to opaque quartz. Small inclusions of shiny minerals give this stone a sparkling effect, called aventurescence. Typically green, aventurine can also be peach, brown, or blue.

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