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Re: The Thibaw ruby
It's a fascinating and very sad read.
I think you perhaps right Dave that William's or even Charles's reign could see a completely different attitude towards items in the royal collection.
I think in a more than a few cases though with the spoils of war, they've often previously been that, sacked from one royal treasury to another, so it almost makes their acquirement as legitimate as the previous owners.
Truly heart wincing story. I do hope Soe Win gets some kind of closure to this long and almost forgotten tale.
The Royal Collection Trust should basically offer a monetary sum or estimate on stones/ pieces taken from other countries that are continuing to cause and bring about differing levels of hate and requests for retrieval of same.
Or they could simply go the route of returning these pieces and acquiring new pieces for the collection. They can raise the money to do this by simply though their commercialization of royal estates as they already do. And almost everyday they are astounding new pieces coming onto the market and some still in the ground yet to be discovered.
This would solve future problems for such persons as King William and his son George if they do take the throne. And Prince William has been understood to have been more prone to getting rid of stuff like all ivory in the royal collection so maybe his reign may see the eventual return of such pieces like the Lahore diamond and others.
Only my thoughts, but thanks Beth for the story, very thought provoking and they are simple remedies to solve it all.
The Thibaw ruby, also known as the Nga Mauk ruby is legendary. The ruby has gained almost mythical status. Its disappearance has long intrigued gem historians.
This report was released by the BBC late last year. I was glued to my computer screen when I saw it last year. Thankfully it is still available. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/who_stole_burmas_royal_ruby