Move Over, Christmas Sweater

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    Right now on QVC, for the low, low price of $329, with one quick phone call, you too can purchase a "BethlehemLights ReadyShape 7.5' NobleFir Tree w/ Instant Power" just in time for the holidays.

    But on Thursday, Dec. 2, for only $58.50, and still in time for the holidays, you can take home a pair of "Smithsonian Marie Antoinette Simulated Diamond Earrings" -- once they're featured on the program broadcast live from inside the Smithsonian Castle.

    In March, an offer to donate O.J. Simpson's suit, worn when he was acquitted of murder in 1995, was deemed inappropriate by The Smithsonian and summarily rejected. But apparently QVC is just fine.

    The 24-hour televised home shopping channel is teaming up with the esteemed Smithsonian Institution in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Museum of Natural History, QVC announced. And what could be more natural than selling knockoff jewelry inspired by the National Gem Collection?

    Along with the fake diamond earrings, "simulated" jewels will include Napoleon's diamond necklace, the Hope diamond, a blue heart diamond ring, a ruby and diamond three-row bracelet, a sapphire necklace, and an emerald and diamond ring, among others.

    "Viewers will learn about the designs and the inspirations behind the actual pieces as QVC presents the meticulously crafted replicas inspired by their originals," said a spokesperson for QVC.

    QVC broadcasts in four countries and reaches more than 140 million consumers, who can already peruse and purchase the "Smithsonian" gemstone collection online.


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