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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/13/2010

Smithsonian 'jewels' debut on QVC

By Washington Post editors

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(Photo courtesy of QVC)

The first Smithsonian-branded bracelets and baubles go on sale this week on the TV shopping network QVC.

The rings, necklaces, earrings and pendants are "inspired by" the National Gem Collection at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington. 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 multi-year 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.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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