cab·​o·​chon | \ˈka-bə-ˌshän \

Definition of cabochon 

: a gem or bead cut in convex form and highly polished but not faceted also : this style of cutting

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More wearable, perhaps, is a pendant in 14-karat yellow gold, topped with a round cabochon amethyst and ending in 19 pave-set full-cut round diamonds. Fortune, "Prince's Purple-Sequined Jumpsuit Among Items Set for Auction," 17 May 2018 The range is by Wolf, the pendants are by Circa Lighting, the custom island has a Calacatta marble top, and the flooring is limestone with black-marble cabochons. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: An Uptown Haven That Reimagines Old New York-Style Cocktail Parties," 11 Oct. 2017 With a peach-pit-size cabochon emerald centered in a dangling frame, the necklace’s contemporary geometry is complemented by an intricate, diamond-bejeweled chain. T Magazine, New York Times, "From Miniature Art to an Intimate New Hotel, New Things on T’s Radar," 17 Aug. 2017 Inset geode halves, turquoise cabochons along with seed beads of black, blue, turquoise, white and gray fill the contours of an otherwise ghostly type figure - the hollow skull of a longhorn bull’s head. Sheila Vilvens,, "Anderson artist giving new life to animal skulls, one bead at a time," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of cabochon

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cabochon

Middle French, diminutive of Middle French dialect (Picard) caboche head

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