IT WOULD BE HARD to find an item of jewellery to match the beauty of the bodacious actress/director, Angelina Jolie.
Perhaps that’s why she’s opted to give her collection away, starting with this stunning Citrine Necklace, which she recently donated to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection. Set in gleaming 18ct Yellow Gold, this one-of-a-kind necklace features 64 graduated, cushion-shaped Citrines, encircling one 177.11ct, pear-shaped Citrine drop. This is just one example of the fine, luxury pieces available in the ‘Style of Jolie’ jewellery collection. It represents a passionate collaboration between Jolie herself and American high jewellery designer, Robert Procop.
Officially referred to as the ‘Jolie Citrine Necklace’, this fiery beauty is currently being displayed in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, as part of the Gems and Minerals section. It’s been on display since December 11th, last year, and will remain there indefinitely, according to the curators. In fact, the ‘Jolie Citrine Necklace’ holds pride of place in the same hall as the Hope Diamond, Star of Asia and a number of other iconic pieces that are likely to draw big crowds.
When asked about the significance of Jolie’s contribution, Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gem Collection, responded by saying:
“We are thrilled to receive this important piece for the Smithsonian. It is the first piece of Citrine jewellery in the collection. The fact that it was personally designed by Angelina Jolie Pitt and Robert Procop makes it all the more significant.”
Together, Robert and Jolie have continued the tradition of housing only the finest jewelled creations inside the Smithsonian. Not only will this addition help to educate jewellery lovers, but any profit made from its display will be put into the education of underprivileged children in conflict areas around the world. The proceeds are being donated to the Education Partnership for Children in Conflict, helping to build schools, the first of which was set up in Afghanistan.
So, if you happen to be in the vicinity of Washington’s National Museum of Natural History, why not check out the National Gem Collection? It’s one of the largest collections in the world, scattered throughout the Janet Annenberg Hall of Geology, where it sees more visitors than any other exhibition inside the Smithsonian. Overall it consists of 350,000 mineral specimens and 10,000 gems.