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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Southern Charm Pearl Earrings

Southern Charm Pearl Earrings designed and donated  by Brenda Smith.
Photo by Courtesy of Brenda Smith. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G11584-00
Locality United States

Gift of Brenda Smith in 2016.This object was designed by Brenda Smith.

The Southern Charm Pearl Earrings were inspired by the wrought iron gates in Charleston, South Carolina and the natural freshwater pearls from the Tennessee River. The earrings are hand fabricated in blackened sterling silver with 18k yellow gold hand-forged leaves plated in 22k yellow gold for contrast. The earrings feature 26.49ctw in pearls obtained from the Latendress Family Collection, acquired between 1949-1980, and were designed and donated by jewelry designer Brenda Smith.


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