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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Royals are human, too

Christie's is auctioning off some of the late Princess Margaret's jewels, in order that her children might be able to pay the excessive British estate tax. I'm glad to see that even royals have to pay taxes. Some of the jewelry was given to the Princess when she was a toddler, or a young child, like the "sapphire and diamond brooch to mark the princess' confirmation day accompanied by a handwritten note 'from her loving Grannie.'"

'She came in to Christie's [in 2002, to show off a ruby and diamond ring worth an estimated $26,000 to $35,000] and said, "What do you think of my new ring?"'" Molesworth recalled. 'She'd had it made from some rubies that she kept in a matchbox that the Queen Mother had once given her.'"

Keeping rubies in a matchbox kind of reminds me that rubies are, after all, only rocks.


At 7:25 PM, Blogger Dedwarmo said...

Some rocks are prettier than others and some rocks are harder to find. Maybe one day we'll have replicators which "can create any inanimate matter, as long as the desired molecular structure is on file, but it cannot create antimatter, dilithium, or a living organism of any kind." -Wikipedia, 2006-06-23


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