the jewel in the crown

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the jewel in the crown

An asset or possession prized as being the best of a group of similar things. This vintage 1965 Corvette Stingray is the jewel in the crown of my car collection. The works of Shakespeare are the jewels in the crown of English drama.
See also: crown, jewel

the jewel in the (or someone's) crown

the most attractive or successful part of something.
In the early 20th century, this was used as a term for the British imperial colonies as a whole. The Jewel in the Crown was subsequently used by Paul Scott as the title of the first novel of his Raj Quartet, which is set in the last days of British rule in India.
See also: crown, jewel

the jewel in the ˈcrown

the most attractive or valuable part of something: The research facility is considered the jewel in the crown of the nation’s technology industry.
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Platon Loizou at Jewel in the Crown, an operator specialising in winter breaks to Goa, says: An unfortunate diplomatic tiff is producing a difficult situation.
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Platon Loizou at Jewel in the Crown, an operator specialising in winter breaks to Goa, says: " An unfortunate diplomatic tiff is producing a difficult situation.
Of all the wartime destruction wrought on Europe's cities, the loss of the Frauenkirche, the jewel in the crown of Germany's 'Florence on the Elbe', was especially painful.
Digby Jones, director general of the CBI, said: ``Labour market flexibility has been a jewel in the crown of the UK economy for 20 years but other countries are threatening to steal that jewel.
It's a far cry from Charles's macho role in TV's The Jewel In The Crown.
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But it is the jewel in the crown of the Irish community and in many ways the jewel in the crown of the city.
The rare tanzanite gemstone will feature in the Jewel in the Crown event at Ripley Castle, which is raising funds for the Phoenix House Personnel Recovery Centre at the North Yorkshire military base.
AM Jane Hutt says she is delighted - well I think she should take a trip to our jewel in the crown Roath Park Lake resembles a jewel (an emerald one) as year after year you cant see the lake for green silt.
THE National Health Service was once the jewel in the crown of Britain's welfare state - but now parts of it are in an awful mess.
Mrs Pat Middleton, chairman of the fundraisers, said: 'The Great West Window is truly the jewel in the crown at St Alphege and an asset that people living within Solihull were determined to preserve.
The town's jewel in the crown has been transformed using computer technology as part of the latest advertising campaign for Heinz soup.
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