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Aurora Borealis earring (two of a pair)

Hollycraft (American, 1938–1979)

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Medium or Technique

Gold-plated metal, glass

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Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

This ornate gold-plated, clip-on earring in the shape of a buta is decorated with scrolling ribbons; iridescent aurora borealis crystals; and a large, central, prong-set, speckled green and blue glass cabochon.


Between about 1970s and 2018, acquired by Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, Ontario [see note]; 2018, gift of Carole Tanenbaum to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2018)

NOTE: This is part of a large collection of costume jewelry given to the MFA in 2018, which had been built over about 40 years.

Credit Line

Gift of Carole Tanenbaum