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stones, precious in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Frequently referred to (1 Kings 10:2; 2 Chr. 3:6; 9:10; Rev. 18:16; 21:19). There are about twenty different names of such stones in the Bible. They are figuratively introduced to denote value, beauty, durability (Cant. 5:14; Isa 54:11, 12; Lam. 4:7).

stones, precious in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Precious stones are frequently alluded to in Scriptures; they were known and very highly valued in the earliest times. The Tyrians traded in precious stones supplied by Syria. #Eze 27:16| The merchants of Sheba and Raamah in south Arabia, and doubtless India and Ceylon supplied the markets of Tyre with various precious stones. The art of engraving on precious stones was known from the very earliest times. #Ge 38:18| The twelve atones of the breastplate were engraved each one with the name of one of the tribes. #Ex 28:17-21| It is an undecided question whether the diamond was known to the early nations of antiquity. The Authorized Version gives if as the rendering of the Heb. yahalom, but it is probable that the jasper is intended. Precious stones are used in Scripture in a figurative sense, to signify value, beauty durability, etc., in those objects with which they are compared. See #So 5:14; Isa 54:11,12; La 4:7; Re 4:3; 21:10,21|

stones, precious in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

(See AGATE; CARBUNCLE, etc.) Josephus' nomenclature for the stones in the high priest's breast-plate is confirmed by the Vulgate of Jerome, at a time when the breast-plate was still open for inspection in the Temple of Concord, situated in the Forum.