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[[File:HMS Cornwallis broadside Suvla December 1915.jpg|thumb|right|HMS Cornwallis at Suvla Bay]]
[[Image:BrioletteOfIndia.jpg|thumb|right|Briolette of India]]
The '''[[Gallipoli Campaign]]''' was a series of battles during [[World War I]] that revolved around control of the [[Dardanelles]] strait leading from the [[Mediterranean Sea]] to the [[Sea of Marmara]][[France]] and [[Great Britain]], looking to find some way to win the war without incurring massive casualties on the Western Front, gambled that a naval attack on [[Constantinople]] could topple the [[Ottoman Empire]] and knock it out of the war, opening the [[Turkish straits]] and a year-round supply route to [[warm water port]]s in southern Russia, as well as ending the threat of Ottoman incursions in [[Iraq]], the [[Caucasus]], and the [[Suez Canal]] area.
The '''[[Briolette of India]]''' is a colorless [[diamond]] (weighing 90.38 carats) that was discovered in [[South Africa]] in the late 1890's or 1900's.  It was cut by Cartier into a briolette shape, an exaggerated form of double rose cut, in 1908 or 1909It is D-color and a type IIa diamond, which is the purest type of diamond, with no chemical impurities or plastic deformations in the crystal. Because of its pureness, it is even known as the "purest of the pure". The diamond is set in a [[necklace]], along with another diamond and a [[pearl]].  Its value is at least $5 million.
 
Conceived by [[Winston Churchill]], the Gallipoli campaign was an attempt to play to British advantages in technology and manufacturing.  The Entente powers enjoyed vast naval superiority but they were unable to turn it into a war winner.  Furthermore, some of the available ships were outdated and unsuitable for use against the [[Germany|Germans]], but could still fight and were considered expendableSteaming through the Dardanelles would be costly in terms of materiel, but sacrificing these obsolete ships was preferable and more humane than sending men to the Western Front.  If successful, the campaign would have put Allied battleships within range of Constantinople.  It would have cut the Ottomans off from their Asian territories and likely have forced them to seek peace terms.


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Briolette of India

The Briolette of India is a colorless diamond (weighing 90.38 carats) that was discovered in South Africa in the late 1890's or 1900's. It was cut by Cartier into a briolette shape, an exaggerated form of double rose cut, in 1908 or 1909. It is D-color and a type IIa diamond, which is the purest type of diamond, with no chemical impurities or plastic deformations in the crystal. Because of its pureness, it is even known as the "purest of the pure". The diamond is set in a necklace, along with another diamond and a pearl. Its value is at least $5 million.

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