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"The vid showed a group portrait, posed and formal. Rish, it was clearly Rish, knelt on one knee, second from the left. She was wearing very little; a gold thong and a winding pattern of gold foil that appeared to be glued on, barely covering other strategic points and twining up to her neck as if to present her face as an exotic blossom. Surrounding her were four other women and a man. They had slightly varying heights and builds, but all looked equally lithe and shimmering. One woman was white and silver, one yellow and metallic gold, one green and gold, one red and garnet, and the man was jet black and silver. Six faces differently but equally exquisite, smiling faintly, serene."
―Morozov shows the Jewels to Ivan Vorpatril[src]

Baronne Cordonah's famous living Jewels were a dance troupe created from Udine Arqua's (Baronne Cordonah's) genes. They were bred, trained, and medicated to be highly loyal to her – a condition referred to as being a jeeves on Jackson's Whole. The medical treatments were halted when Rish, the second-youngest, was fifteen years old because the Baronne feared that they might pine away and die if they were separated from her. Udine and Shiv regarded the Jewels as part of their family, not just as genetically engineered servitors; nevertheless, there was never any thought of one of them inheriting the leadership of House Cordonah.

The Jewels had augmented senses; their metabolisms were also permanently set to a high level. They all had pointed ears; whether this was for artistic reasons or to enhance their hearing is not stated.

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