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The most famous pieces of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom with the Sceptre with the Cross at the bottom and St Edward's Crown at the front left.

The British Imperial State Crown is the most magnificent of all the Crown Regalia. It was made in 1838 for the coronation of Queen Victoria, and then altered for the coronation of George VI in 1937 and Elizabeth II in 1953. It replaced the crown of St. Edward on the head of the ruler immediately after the coronation. Although the crown is modern in design it is set with very ancient gems.

St. Edward's Crown: This crown was made in 1661 for the crowing of Charles II. The original St. Edward's crown was made for Edward the Confessor and used to crown all English monarchs thereafter until destroyed by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. The only queen consort to ever be coronated with the St. Edward's Crown was Anne Boleyn, proof positive of Henry VIII's commitment to her.

Odrysian Wreath from Golyamata Mogila. A golden wreath and ring from the burial of an Odrysian Aristocrat at the Golyamata Mogila tumulus, situated between the villages of Zlatinitsa and Malomirovo in the Yambol region. Dated to the mid 4th century BC.

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Bling fling: Royal crowns and tiaras

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Imperial Crown of State contains 2,783 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 277 pearls, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies