The term “semi precious” is applied to a subset gemstones, and the term was created to set them apart from what are considered precious stones (diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds). Things like amber and lapis lazuli, which are not really stones at all are still considered “semi precious” by most people. This distinction reflects the rarity of the respective stones in ancient times, as well as their quality.  all are translucent with fine color in their purest forms and very hard.  This distinction is not related to their monetary value, i.e. some forms of garnet are more expensive than emeralds.  

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Object U Number Museum Number (UPM Date Reg Number) Museum Number (BM Registration Number) Museum Number (UPM B-number) Description (Catalog Card)
(none) (none) (none) B17649 (none)
(none) (none) (none) B17657 (none)
(none) 30-12-573 (none) (none) (none)
(none) (none) (none) B15583 (none)
(none) (none) 1929,1017.250 (none) (none)
(none) 30-12-569 (none) (none) (none)
(none) (none) (none) (none) (none)
(none) (none) (none) (none) (none)
(none) (none) (none) (none) (none)
(none) (none) (none) (none) (none)
(none) (none) 1928,1010.355 (none) (none)
(none) (none) 1932,1008.29 (none) (none)
(none) (none) 1928,1009.375 (none) (none)
(none) (none) 1928,1010.686 (none) (none)
(none) (none) 1928,1009.205 (none) (none)
(none) 92-4-320 (none) (none) (none)
(none) (none) (none) B17555 (none)
(none) 31-17-169 (none) (none) (none)
10005 (none) (none) (none) Gold Pin With lapis lazuli ball head capped with gold Type V
10006 (none) (none) (none) Beads Double conoids of gold and lapis The larger gold beads are of foil over bitumen, the smaller more solid: the largest are unusually large, both in gold and lapis
10007 (none) (none) (none) Beads Triangles of 11 gold and 11 lapis
10008 (none) (none) (none) Frog Amulet. Lapis [drawing]
10009 (none) (none) (none) Amulet Lapis In form of a seated ram [drawing] 1:1
10015 (none) (none) (none) Whetstone Lapis lazuli Hung on a thin gold ring which was attached to the silver belt
10026 (none) (none) (none) Beads A set of silver ring pendants, much decayed, strung with carnelian bugles and small lapis beads (found in confusion)


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