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Rich ornaments dug up from graves throughout France, Britain and Spain attest to the genius of the cultures whose leaders were interred therein. Gems were not just used for adornment - the emphasis on painting and art in the Renaissance meant that there was strong demand for paints. While some pigments were produced from organic sources, others were produced by crushing semiprecious stones to powder, such as lapis, turquoise and haematite.

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