I have always been fascinated by the jewels, crowns and tiaras of various sovereigns of Russia (the completely diamond-encrusted crown of Catherine the Great being the knock-out example!), Bulgaria, Italy and especially Great Britain. The Metropolitan Museum in New York City once was hosting a Byzantium Show to which our monastery traveled. At the same time as the Byzantium exhibit was a show of fabulous jewels from around the world… I couldn’t resist and left the Byzantium Show and spent a long time lost in the glitter of the Jewels Show! I must admit that this is an odd obsession for a monk whose whole lifestyle is one of renunciation but for me that show made me feel like a starving kid staring through the windows of a bakery! Perhaps I will someday understand this odd attraction!
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