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Mineral resource of the month: gemstones

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Humans have been intrigued by gemstones since prehistoric times. Gemstones have been valued as treasured objects throughout history by all societies in all parts of the world. The first stones known to have been used for making jewelry include amber, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, garnet, jade, jasper, lapis lazuli, pearl, rock crystal, ruby, serpentine and turquoise. These stones served as status symbols for the wealthy. Today, arguably, gems are worn more for pleasure and in appreciation of their beauty than to demonstrate wealth.

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Article
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Title:
Mineral resource of the month: gemstones
Series title:
Geotimes
Volume
2008
Issue:
April
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
AGI
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
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