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Jewelry History: Bejeweled Skeletons

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I came across an article about beautifully bedazzled skeletons the other day, and can’t help but post it here. Like a lot of golden objects, these jewel-encrusted corpses belong to the Catholic church. Found in the catacombs of Rome in the 1500s, the identities of the bodies remained a mystery for years. I can’t help but admire how well dressed they are in their afterlife. You can read more about the mysteriously beautiful skeletons here or pick up the book Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs.

 

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