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Seed pearl jewelry, 1836Seed pearl jewelry, 1836

On her eighteenth birthday, in 1836, Mary Lucile Stevens received this set of seed pearl jewelry from her mother. The pearls were passed down through the generations, ceremoniously presented to daughters of the family on their eighteenth birthdays. In 1984 the sons of the last woman to inherit the pearls donated them to the Smithsonian.

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