semiprecious stone


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sem·i·pre·cious stone

(sĕm′ē-prĕsh′əs, sĕm′ī-)
n.
A gem, such as an opal, that has commercial value but was historically not as rare or expensive as a precious stone.
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Joyalukkas Salalah will feature the brand's signature bright, spacious interiors and open display design showcasing a world-class selection of a million designs in gold, diamond, polki, pearl, precious and semiprecious stone jewellery.
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Soot from burning lamps is said to have been gathered to make the ink and the rich colours for the gloriously illustrated pages made from materials gathered from far and wide - bright red extracted from Mediterranean insects, indigo from an Oriental plant, gold, silver and an incandescent blue from lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone found in the Himalayas.
The natural beauty and amazing color variations of these cabochons are the two main reasons why these gemstones are so very popular amongst designers as well as connoisseurs of precious and semiprecious stone jewelry.
The researchers also found more than 1,000 tiny beads made of gold, silver and carnelian, an orange semiprecious stone.
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Under the banner of the Amethyst Initiative, named for the semiprecious stone said to ward off drunkenness, the administrators argued that the current minimum age of 21 undermines respect for the law, prevents faculty members from teaching and modeling responsible drinking, discourages students from seeking help when they get into alcohol-related trouble, and encourages consumption in private, unsupervised settings where excess is more likely.
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The newly expanded, revised third edition of a classic gemstone reference is a top pick for jewelry makers, rockhounds, and any fascinated by gems: it offers up new insights on collectibility, provides new 'double fraction' figures that experts have wanted, and provides over a thousand color photos profiling each precious and semiprecious stone in its rough, natural and polished versions.