Smithsonian, QVC: Gem of a Licensing Agreement?
Who hasn't gone to the National Museum of Natural History and stared longingly at the 45.52 carat monolith that is the Hope Diamond, hoping to someday place that gaudy-ass pendant around their own neck? Good news, jewelry lovers: the AP reports that now you can, thanks to a licensing agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and QVC.
Never actually seen the Hope Diamond and yet it still looks eerily familiar? It's the inspiration for the Heart of the Ocean diamond from Titanic, replicas of which have been adorning the necks of women of indiscriminate taste everywhere since the release of the film.
Perhaps wearing a Hope Diamond replica is better than wearing the real thing. "We would never take the Hope Diamond because it's bad luck," said Jessica Barakat of Crown Pawnbrokers on 14th Street. "If the replica were made of cubic zirconia, we would probably only pay about $100 for it. A diamond is forever, CZ is not."
Details on the materials used to produce the Hope Diamond replica are not yet known. However, according to QVC spokeperson Erin Mulholland, the Smithsonian collection will include such stones as garnet, topaz, and Bisbee turquoise. The collection will be available this fall and prices will start at $85–within reach of all you fashionistas with diamond tastes and semi-precious budgets.
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