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.
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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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Perhaps the jewels in the crown though is some 1934 footage introducing us to the Newcastle United team, telling us how their heading and throw-ins set them apart from the amateurs.
But after a short while, she gave the crown back to Customs officials who said that they would levy the duty to be paid on the crown after examining the value of the jewels in the crown.
However the official valuer's report of the Customs department has found that there were not jewels in the crown and they were only glass pieces.