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)
10339 (none) (none) (none) Necklace Silver and lapis double conoids Apparently the centre of the necklace consisted of silver and lapis beads, the ends of lapis only
10341 (none) (none) (none) Copper Pin With lapis ball head, and gold cap on top of head Type V
10343 (none) 1928,1010.166 (none) 5 or 6 Gold Ribbons Worn round head Normal type
10345 (none) 1928,1010.55 (none) Copper Pin With lapis ball head Broken in three pieces Type V
10346 (none) 1928,1010.165 (none) 13 Gold (Mulberry?) Leaves Strung in normal manner with carnelian rings & lapis bugles. cf. Field Note.
10347 (none) 1928,1010.175 (none) Necklace Lapis & gold double conoids For order of stringing cf. Field Note.
10350 (none) (none) (none) 13 Gold (Mulberry?) Leaves Strung with lapis bugles and carnelian rings in the usual manner
10351 (none) (none) (none) Necklace Lapis & silver double conoids 3 strings cf. Field Note
10352 (none) (none) (none) Silver Pin Lapis ball head with silver cap under side Type V
10356 (none) (none) B17666 Carnelian beads 2 strings of small barrel beads
10365 (none) (none) (none) Necklace Agate, jasper, shell, carnelian lentoids, copper ball beads For order see Field Note
10370 (none) 1928,1010.683 (none) 9 Beads Lapis double conoids gold balls agate double conoid For order see Field note
10372 (none) (none) (none) Copper Pin Lapis ball head Broken in 3 pieces Type V
10376 (none) (none) (none) Necklace. Minute beads. Gold and lapis balls, carnelian barrels. See Field Note for order.
10377 (none) (none) (none) Necklace. Lapis, gold, carnelian and agate beads. For order see Field Note.
10378 (none) (none) (none) Agate Amulet Heart-shaped Pierced vertically for suspension Cylindrical core of reddish paste running through hole For shape see Field Note
10389 (none) (none) (none) 4 Beads 2 jasper? (one flattened double conoids, one barrel) 2 copper ball beads One copper bead between each jasper bead
10401 (none) 1928,1010.174 (none) Beads Double conoids of gold & lapis See Field Notes
10402 (none) 1928,1010.357 (none) Copper Pin With lapis ball head capped with silver (broken) Type V
10403 (none) (none) (none) Beads double conoids of silver and lapis Type__
10407 (none) 1928,1010.102 (none) Cyliner Seal Lapis lazuli Presentation scene: 3 figures, all standing, and 2 columns of inscription: Bur iluda-gan; mar Ku-ru-ub iluadad
10408 (none) 1928,1010.98 (none) Beads 5 gold, 1 lapis, carnelian and agate Restrung not in original order Isin period
10410 (none) (none) (none) Beads Gold (1), agate and carnelian Isin-Larsa period
10412 (none) 1928,1010.1 (none) Harp The upright of wood with gold cap, bound below with gold and with a bitumen shoe: in the upright are the keys, copper nails with gilt heads. The body has disappeared, but there was a vertical border of gold and lapis along the edge. On the body stood a wooden sounding-box, the edge inlaid with shell having patterns in red paint and lapis. The head of the harp, in front, was a gold bulls head with eyes, hair, and beard of lapis. Found in very bad condition, all the wood gone and only the decoration left, but that virtually in its original position
10424 (none) (none) B16733 Beads 3 lapis, 3 gold Unusually large lentoids, facetted


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