The Reliquary is designed to display a holy relic, a single Thorn from the Crown of Thorns, which is the raison d'etre of this joyau and is placed vertically in the very centre under a rock-crystal 'window'. The inconspicuous Holy Thorn is mounted on a large square cabochon sapphire which, because of its size and brilliant colour, attracts the eye to the Holy Thorn - an object of such slender form and dull colouring that it almost disappears from sight. Immediately below the cabochon sapphire and the gem-set frame of the rock-crystal 'window' is an inscribed scroll which proclaims the origin of the Holy Relic:

The Holy Thorn Reliquary
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