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== Symbols of Divine Order ==
 
== Symbols of Divine Order ==
  
In addition to being decorative objects, crown jewels were used to represent God's authority on earth. Most objects were made of gold or silver, and precious [[gemstones]][[emerald]]s, [[carbuncle]]s (rubies), [[sapphire]]s, and [[pearl]]s. Other gems could include [[garnet]]s and varieties of quartz, such as [[amethyst]]s. Due to their extreme hardness and difficulty in cutting, [[diamond]]s were generally lacking prior to the [[Renaissance]]. One should also note that in the early Middle Ages the use of glass gems was an accepted practice. Crown jewels could also be decorated in enamel, depicting scenes from the [[Bible]], and portraits of apostles and saints.
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In addition to being decorative objects, crown jewels were used to represent God's authority on earth. Most objects were made of gold or silver, and precious [[gemstones]][[emerald]]s, [[carbuncle]]s (rubies), [[sapphire]]s, and [[pearl]]s. Other gems could include [[garnet]]s and varieties of quartz, such as [[amethyst]]s. Due to their extreme hardness and difficulty in cutting, [[diamond]]s were generally lacking prior to the [[Renaissance]]. One should also note that in the early Middle Ages the use of glass gems was an accepted practice. Crown jewels could also be decorated in enamel, depicting scenes from the [[Bible]], and portraits of apostles and saints.
  
  

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