Smithsonian Launches Jewelry Line | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Smithsonian Launches Jewelry Line

Play associated audio
One of the Smithsonian-inspired pieces will be based on the Hope Diamond.
http://www.flickr.com/goldberg
One of the Smithsonian-inspired pieces will be based on the Hope Diamond.

By Jonathan Wilson

For the first time in its history, the Smithsonian will take in revenue by lending its name to a jewelry line. The products go on sale this week on the television shopping network QVC.

The rings, necklaces, earrings and pendants are "inspired by" the National Gem Collection at the National Museum of Natural History in D.C. QVC created the jewelry line from gemstones, sterling silver and 14-karat gold.

QVC says the jewelry will debut Tuesday evening during a special two-hour program featuring interviews with a Smithsonian gemologist and a museum curator. The jewelry is priced from $65 to $950.

Terms of the Smithsonian's multiyear licensing agreement with QVC haven't been disclosed. But officials have said the museum complex will receive royalties based on sales.

Another jewelry set in December will include a piece based on the 45.5-carat Hope Diamond.

NPR

CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.
NPR

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.
NPR

CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.
NPR

As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. But the real money is in selling departments a way to store each day's video. Firms are offering easy uploads to the cloud but costs are bound to grow.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.