She’s an actor, screenwriter-director, philanthropist, jewelry designer and, oh yes, a mother of six. Is there anything Angelina Jolie can’t do? This month, she is teaming up with LA-based jeweler Robert Procop to donate an “extraordinary” citrine necklace they created together to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection in Washington, DC.
The Jolie Citrine Necklace
Named the Jolie Citrine Necklace, the massive piece features 64 graduated cushion-cut citrines, with a 177.11-carat pear-shaped citrine drop. Citrine is a variety of quartz, which is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth. Golden-yellow to orange in color, citrine derives its name from the French word for lemon, citron.
The 18K yellow gold necklace is from Jolie’s Style of Jolie jewelry collection, a collaborative effort between the actress and Procop that benefits the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. To date, the Partnership has funded and built several schools in Afghanistan.
In Dazzling Company
The Jolie Citrine Necklace is on display “indefinitely” in the Janet Annenberg Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals, home of the Hope Diamond and other famous gems. The necklace is the first piece of citrine jewelry in the Smithsonian’s collection, which houses about 350,000 mineral specimens and 10,000 gems. The collection is used for scientific research, education programs and public exhibitions.
In a statement about the donation, Jolie said, “Robert and I are honored to have this great institution feature one of our jeweled creations. As the Smithsonian has educated so many of us, this jewel is a symbol of our efforts to help educate underprivileged children in conflict areas of the world.”
About the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict
Founded in 2006 by Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Gene Sperling, Founder of the Center for Universal Education, the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict (EPCC) is an ongoing effort to improve the profile, policies and funding for organizations on the ground working to make education a reality for the millions of out-of-school children in conflict-affected regions.
For more information, visit http://education-partnership.org/about-us/
Sources: NationalJeweler.com; The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict