'Gold, Silver, Platinum and Gemstones'

'Gold, Silver, Platinum and Gemstones'

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Credit: JOEL AREM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: For millennia, gemstones and certain metals have been prized throughout the world. The concept of treasure itself involves these rare and valuable materials. Substances of great value are termed 'precious'. The precious metals include gold, silver and platinum, and several others in the 'platinum group' (iridium, palladium, rhodium). So-called 'precious' stones historically included diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire, opal and pearl. Other gems were termed 'semiprecious', but these labels have no meaning today and should be abandoned. The photo shows a Canadian pure gold 'Maple Leaf' coin, a silver dollar, a platinum bar, and three gemstones: a chrysoberyl and two zircons.

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Keywords: arem collection, chrysoberyl, coin, diamond, emerald, gem, gems, gemstone, gemstones, gold, iridium, maple leaf, metals, opal, palladium, pearl, platinum, platinum bar, platinum group, precious, precious gems, precious metals, precious stones, rhodium, ruby, sapphire, semiprecious, semiprecious gems, semiprecious stones, silver, silver dollar, treasure, zircon, zircons

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