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Having the quality of transmitting light without diffusion, so that objects (even writing) behind can be distinctly seen. If semi-transparent, the object can be seen but blurred and indistinct. Most gemstones are transparent except when marred by flaws. Minerals that are translucent generally become transparent if cut sufficiently thin.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson