I admit to a fascination with sparkling gems.
|French Crown Jewels in The Louvre. Photo by owensdt1|
In museums a display of jewels holds me entranced, lost to time as the gems wink and shine. I'm as hypnotised as the old Councillor in Lorna Doone was by Lorna's diamond necklace.
The magnificent Spoonmaker's Diamond is an 86-carat pear-shaped stone, surrounded by a double-row of 49 Old Mine cut diamonds. It hangs in a glass case on the wall of one of the rooms of the Treasury in TopKapi Palace in Istanbul. 
Small wonder that jewels often feature in my Regency Tales. Whether it is Louise, the Huguenot goldsmith with a talent for resetting the gems from oldfashioned parures into lighter, more modern styles, or Nell and Sophie receiving a surprise legacy of jewellery, or even a deeply-in-love hero offering a fabulous ruby ring to the object of his affections, I do enjoy adding a dash of bling.
|Ottoman ring by Gittigidiyor, Istanbul|
 for more diamonds to enjoy, see http://famousdiamonds.tripod.com/famousdiamonds.html