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What is a Ligure?
     There is more difficulty in identifying this stone than any other in the breastplate of the high priest, Ex 28:19. No mineral is at the present day known by this name. Some high authorities suppose that the ligure is amber because Pliny and Theophrastus mention that amber is found in Liguria, whence this name might naturally be derived. But it is objected that amber was too soft for permanent engraving. The opinion that the ligure was red tourmaline or rubellite -- sometimes called red sapphire -- finds much favor. This hard and often transparent stone is certainly used as a gem. See Amber.

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Schaff, Philip, Dr. "Biblical Definition for 'ligure' in Schaffs Bible Dictionary". - Schaff's

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