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It has been a mooted question as to proper dividing line between stones that deserve title “precious,” and those, which should be placed in a so-called semi-precious or lower category. To draw such a line is hardly possible, as neither hardness, rareness, nor value would be a positive test--some of hard stones, like zircon and almandines being less valuable than softer opal, while diamond, one of most plentiful of precious stones, is at same time, one of most valuable.
Neither can price be taken as a complete test, because fashion makes a turquoise, an opal, or an emerald much more valuable at one time than at another, All precious minerals used for ornamental purposes, from diamond to quartz, or chalcedony, may properly be termed precious stones.
The Final Word On Precious Stones
The most precious stones are diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. The pearl is oftentimes classed with precious stones. Although strictly speaking while it is not a stone it holds an esteemed place in jewelry.
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