(Our hapless adventurer, Bramble, the dwarven ranger, suddenly finds himself in the midst of unfamiliar territory - a 3.5e campaign...)
GM: ... and on three of the tables you find, in various stages of completion, quite a few gemstones. Some of them are finished, some are partially cut, and some are still rough.
Bramble: I go around to the tables and pick up all of the gemstones and put them in my belt pouch.
GM: Ok... please roll a search skill check.
Bramble: No, I'm not searching the tables or anything; I'm just picking up the gemstones.
GM: Yeah, but you have to roll a search skill check.
Bramble: But... aw, alright. [rolls dice] I got a 12.
GM: You find three gemstones.
Bramble: What?? You said there were 'quite a few'! Never mind. I walk over to the other door in the room and open it.
GM: Ok... Please roll a walking skill check.