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A gemstone or gem (also called a fine gem, jewel, precious or semi-precious stone) is a piece of crystal (mineral), which, in it's cut and polished form, is used to make Jewellery or other adornments. However, certain rocks (such as Lapis Lazuli) or organic materials that are not minerals (such as Amber or Jet), are also used for jewellery, and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well.

Most gemstones are hard, but some softer minerals are used in jewellery because of their lustre or other physical properties that have aesthetic value.

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