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Mineral resource of the month: gemstones

January 1, 2013

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Mineral resource of the month: gemstones
Authors Donald W. Olson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geotimes
Index ID 70045842
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Minerals Information Center