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  • Ken Scaratt


Minerals, usually of crystallized matter, used for personal adornment (e.g. Jewellery) or for decorating such items as textiles and liturgical objects. Rubies, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds are regarded by the layman as the high monetary value gems, while such stones as opals, topazes, tourmalines and ...

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