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Rare collection of San Gennaro jewels on display in Italy


It is a little hard to believe that there could be a collection of jewels that could be worth more than the British crown jewels or the Russian imperial crown. But apparently, there is such a set and it is the priceless San Gennaro treasures, dedicated to the patron saint of Naples.

According to reuters.com:

A rarely seen Neapolitan collection of sumptuous jewellery, hidden away for centuries and estimated to be more valuable than England’s crown jewels, opened in Rome on Tuesday.

The “Treasure of San Gennaro”, precious objects donated in tribute to the patron saint of Naples, has rarely left the southern Italian city and spent centuries locked in a vault, largely forgotten by the wider world.

The “Treasures of San Gennaro” consists of 70 pieces including the following:

a golden Bishop’s mitre made of 3,300 diamonds 164 rubies and 198 emeralds

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the necklace of San Gennaro, made in 1679 by goldsmith Michele Dato

The Necklace of San Gennaro, that is considered to be one of the most precious pieces of jewellery in the world, is seen displayed during an exhibition in Rome

golden chalices encrusted in emeralds and diamonds, owned by popes and kings

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diamond and emerald cross donated by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte

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The other notable treasures are a bust of San Gennaro, a golden monstrance, silver statues of San Gennaro and St. Joseph,  12ft-tall candelabras decorated with cherubs, and so much more.

The precious jewels will be on display until February 16, 2014 at the Rome Foundation in Naples, Italy.

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