The Czech Crown Jewels
Also known as the Bohemian Crown Jewels, the Czech Crown Jewels are a part of the Czech history that will remain forever fascinating. Originally made for the coronation of King Charles IV, this crown is said to be the fourth most ancient crown of Europe. Unknown to many several interesting facts make the Czech Crown Jewels as precious as they seem today. Also, it goes without saying that all these jewels have their fair share of glam and luster.
Currently under the protection of the St. Wenceslas, within the walls of the St. Vitus Cathedral, which is as stunning as these crown jewels. Designed by Matthias of Arras during the 1400s, the Czech Crown Jewels were originally held in the Karlštejn Castle.
The reproduction of the jewels gave rise to 3 separate pieces: the Royal orb, the Royal Sceptre and the Royal crown. When broken down to details, the components of the crown are sure to astonish anyone. For starters, the crown consisted of 22 carats of gold, along with over a 100 gem pieces, some of which are as follows: 1 aquamarine, 1 ruby, 19 sapphires and 30 emeralds. Weighing past 2 kilograms, the crown sure must have been heavy on the heads of those kings and queens upon whom it was bestowed. The Royal orb weighs about 800 grams and is made up of 18 carats of gold, containing several gems including pearls, sapphires and spinels. Lastly, the Royal Sceptre consists of 18 carats of gold, weighing in at about 1 kilogram, also containing spinels, sapphires and pearls.
A common legend among the people of the Czech Republic, it is said that whoever tries to usurp the throne in an inappropriate and forceful manner shall find themselves dead within a year. According to this widely believed legend, a proper coronation has to be done to a rightful Bohemian, deserving leader.
The Crown Jewels are guarded with extra caution, locked away in the Crown Chamber inside the St. Vitus Cathedral, protected by 7 different locks that come with 7 different keys. What is more crazy is that each key was given to a different person, making it almost impossible to unlock or take a peek into this chamber. Clearly, these jewels are a big deal for the Czechians!
Posted on: 2015-07-11