cab·​o·​chon ˈka-bə-ˌshän How to pronounce cabochon (audio)
: a gem or bead cut in convex form and highly polished but not faceted
also : this style of cutting
cabochon adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The 32 mm Cartier model, pictured on Glover in a suave 18-karat yellow gold, features a sapphire cabochon and a gold sunray dial. Louisa Ballhaus, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2023 The bow and bezel are set with 103 round-cut diamonds totaling about 1 carat, and the crown and strap bolts are set with a 0.72-carat sapphire cabochon. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 12 May 2021 Vak Jewellery Eternal Garden Bracelet with untreated Burmese cabochon spinels, natural rubies, rose cut and full cut diamonds. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 The watch is finished with a green tsavorite cabochon-cut crown and green alligator strap. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile the Parhelia ring is centered with a 21.51-carat sapphire cabochon surrounded by five semi-circles of radiant diamonds that fan out from each side of the center stone. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Chakra Bar Ear Studs in 18K White Gold with princess cut Tanzanite and Swiss blue cabochon cut topaz and white diamonds. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Colombian emeralds are paired with rock crystal; purple sapphires and garnets surround a volcanic matrix opal; rubies play with amazonite; brilliant-cut diamonds encircle a cabochon-cut rutilated quartz. The Editors, Town & Country, 17 Jan. 2020 Gucci Necklace with cabochon and crystal pendant, $2,250, select Gucci stores. James Love, Essence, 25 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cabochon was in 1825

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“Cabochon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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