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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's collection of brooches and pins will be on exhibit from June 18 to October 11 at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, DC. "The collection—which spans more than a century of jewelry design—includes everything from dime-store pins to designer creations and even a Valentine’s Day present from her youngest daughter," reports Styleite. Albright was famously selective about her pins—especially on the occasion of diplomatic meetings. Newsweek writes: "After Iraqi state media published a poem calling the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations an 'unparalleled serpent,' she donned this gold pin, with a small diamond dangling from its mouth, to meet with Iraqi officials. Asked why she had worn it, she explained that it was just her 'way of sending a message.'" [Stylelite]