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The Crown Jewels
This is the Imperial State Crown worn by the Queen at each state opening of Parliament.
|The Imperial State Crown|
|Created by||Attributed to Sir Robert Vyner|
|Location||Tower of London, London|
The Crown Jewels is an exhibition in the Tower of London. There are many items that pertain to the royalty in this exhibit which include the Coronation Spoon, the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross and of course the royal jewels.
The crown jewels are a symbol of the British monarchy. These items are often worn at ceremonial events such as coronations or christenings.
Many of the crown jewels are encrusted with precious gemstones and metals, and as they are royal artifacts they are priceless. The Koh-i-Noor diamond that sits upon the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is said to be worth between $10 to $12.7 billion. The same crown has a frame made of platinum, with a total of 2800 diamonds encrusting it. Other precious gems used in the crown jewels include sapphires, topaz, rubies, emeralds, amethysts, and more.
The Coronation Spoon
The silver-gilt Coronation Spoon is over 800 years old but it has been refurbished and re-gilded throughout the years. In 1649, the spoon was sold rather than being destroyed with the rest of the medieval crown jewels. This extraordinary survival is used at the Coronation for holy oil.
The Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross
The enormous 530.2 carat Cullinan I diamond, or Great Star of Africa, was added to the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross (1661) in 1910. It remains the largest colourless cut diamond in the world.
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"Imperial State Crown"
- Palaces, H. R. (n.d.). Visiting the Crown Jewels. Retrieved May 08, 2017, from http://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/visit-us/top-things-to-see-and-do/the-crown-jewels/visiting-the-crown-jewels/
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