Blue topaz and diamond ring inspired by the Smithsonian's Blue Heart Diamond
The purpose behind this endeavor? According to Carol LeBlanc, the director of the Smithsonian Enterprises business unit, "We will create jewelry that is not only fashionable, but also serves to educate the public about the Smithsonian and the jewelry, gems and minerals found in its collections''. Imagine, history on the shopping channel! And not the sort taught in schools either!
Two rings, similar design with different gemstones
(1) Heliodor (yellow beryl) and yellow sapphires
(2) morganite (pink beryl) and pink sapphires
Two special programs will appear on the shopping channel. The inaugural one, Smithsonian Institution: National Gem Gallery will air this Tuesday, September 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. (EDT). The footage will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian as well as rarely seen gems from the Smithsonian vault.
Aquamarine and pearl ring ; Alexandrite and diamonds ring
Turquoise and white topaz ring ; Garnet crown ring inspired by a garnet hairpin
The program planned for December will showcase some of their most famous pieces - Marie Antoinette’s earrings, the Napoleon necklace (given to Napoleon's second wife after he ditched Josephine, see story below) and naturally, the Hope Diamond, their star attraction. The Hope Diamond has had many owners including Louis XV of France and Harry Winston, the flamboyant jeweler who donated the Hope to the Smithsonian and sent it via USP!
Citrine necklace; Rhodonite and onyx cuff
More bejeweled biographies:
- Harry Winston and the Hope Diamond's 50th anniversary at the Smithsonian
- Josephine de Beauharnais' Obsession with Jewelry
- Madame de Pompadour's Jewels ( mistress of Louis XV of France who achieved her "career" goal but at a great cost)
- The Last Queen of France's Pearls (Marie Antoinette)
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