A favorite excerpt from my book: Esther Queen of Persia. Read it on your Kindle, Nook or iPad.
“What this area holds is the finest semi-precious and precious stones to be found anywhere. The king’s most gifted artisans have produced jewel...ry which is the finest any person of royalty can display. The complexity and daintiness of the designs has never been seen in the history of the world.”
“I should like to see,” said Esther.
Inside, Zarin went from section to section pointing out the contents of the treasure room. Esther saw thin bracelets with the heads of lions, rams, deer, and snakes on the ends. Other bracelets had plants and flowers engraved upon them.
As she walked about Zarin pointed out wooden trays loaded with rings made of glass, bone, shell and metal; necklaces, pendants, earrings, armlets, anklets, toe-rings, foot ornaments, hair pins, pins for robes, circlets for the hair, chokers, gold and silver buttons, various tiaras, and headbands with intricate patterns woven into them. She saw jewelry for children, also.
Other trays held clay and glass beads, and some only gems. Esther, the poor orphan, a young woman who had never even heard the names of most of the precious stones, now had them all before her, and Zarin allowed her to touch and pick them up. Pearls, agates in various colors, rubies, turquoise, alexandrite, garnets, amethyst, opals, onyx, topaz, peridot, chalcedony, sapphires, coral, emeralds, jasper, and of course the diamonds, along with many more, were all quite impressive to the young virgin.
“Which of these gems and jewelry would you wish to wear,” Zarin swept the room with her hand, “when meeting the king?”
Esther gazed about again, her eyes taking in the vast wealth in the treasure room. Finally, she pointed at the pearls. “I do like those.”
“Pearls?” Zarin raised her voice in surprise. “Nothing else?”
“No. Is it too much to ask?”