Smithsonian Gets its First Piece of Citrine Jewelry

Citrine has made it into the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, with a 177ct pear shaped Citrine with a tapering necklace chain of cushion cut matching stones mounted in 18k yellow gold. Citrine has long been sought for use in jewelry. But occasional exception stones combined with a very talented jewelry designer a piece special piece comes forth. This particular gem combined with a incredible designer have reach a new pinnacle by being the first Citrine design ever display at the museum.

Although Citrine is in the Quartz class of semi precious gems, most citrine of gem quality comes from Brazil but is mined in a number of places most notable are Argentina, Bolivia, France, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Uruguay and Zambia. As a gem it holds a spot in the hearts of many jewelry designers  and now it has been recognized in a most proud means by being displayed in the national gem stone collection.

I expect that with this new milestone for this long loved gem it will be showing up in more and more collections from designers around the world. After all very few gems get this level of recognition in the designers world. You can visit the exhibit at the Janet Annenberg Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals at the Smithsonian Institute.

December 16, 2015

177ctCitrineOn display as part of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection, the 18-karat yellow gold Jolie Citrine necklace features a 177.11-carat pear-shaped citrine drop.

Washington–Angelina Jolie Pitt and jewelry designer Robert Procop have donated an “extraordinary” citrine necklace to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection.

The 18-karat yellow gold necklace is from the Style of Jolie jewelry collection, the charitable collaboration between the actress and Procop, and features 64 graduated bezel-set cushion-cut citrines, with a 177.11-carat pear-shaped citrine drop.

Named the Jolie Citrine Necklace, the piece went on display Friday in the Janet Annenberg Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals, taking its place among such storied gems as the Hope diamond. It will remain there indefinitely. READ MORE…

About Rob

I have been designing military coins and jewelry for nearly 40 years now.