Smithsonian Carmen Lúcia Earrings
Sparkle Irresistibly. The Smithsonian Carmen Lúcia Jewelry is a reproduction of the spectacular 23.1-carat Burmese ruby ring, donated in 2004 by philanthropist Peter Buck in memory of his wife, Carmen Lúcia. A faceted Austrian crystal replicates the ruby’s extraordinary color and brilliance; trillion-cut cubic zirconia mimic the original’s two triangular-cut diamonds. We commissioned the Carmen Lúcia Earrings to create an ensemble of legendary beauty. Sterling silver base, all genuine rhodium plated. Each stone is 14x10mm oval shape, which would be the equivalent, if a real Ruby of approximately 7.00 carats.
Gems accumulate history. The very stone that once adorned a king or queen might today be set in someone’s cocktail ring. (The history of the Hope Diamond includes a stint in the French Crown Jewels, a daring theft, two recuttings, and purchase by an English king.) The astonishing replica collections presented on these next pages—a mere sampling of the extraordinary holdings in our National Museum of Natural History’s National Gem Collection—let you dazzle in their reflected glory.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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