gem·​stone | \ ˈjem-ˌstōn How to pronounce gemstone (audio) \

Definition of gemstone

: a mineral or petrified material that when cut and polished can be used in jewelry

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Synonyms for gemstone


brilliant, gem, jewel, rock [slang]

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Examples of gemstone in a Sentence

traditionally, the gemstone for someone born in May is an emerald

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Shaylee, the fairy princess, has a light blue door with a gemstone door handle and crown on top. Patrick Connolly,, "Pictures: Enchanted Fairy Doors return to Leu Gardens for a second year," 6 June 2019 What started as a series of photos with a similar aesthetic (a turquoise bike, pink gemstones in the shape of a heart, pastel clouds) turned pretty damn confusing on Saturday, April 20, when Tay shared a picture of chickens sporting chic sunnies. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Posted a Photo of Chickens Wearing Sunglasses and Fans Are Losing It," 20 Apr. 2019 Of course, innovative facials of the acupuncture, cryotherapy, gemstone, and Hydra varieties exist in America. Devon Abelman, Allure, "I Got Four Facials During One Week in Seoul, and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 18 May 2019 The five new palettes — Sapphire, Ruby, Topaz, Emerald, and Amethyst — are each inspired by a gemstone of the same name. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Huda Beauty Is Dropping Five New Eye Shadow Palettes Inspired by Precious Stones," 5 Sep. 2018 Synthetic gemstones have been manufactured as far back as the 19th century. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "7 Ways Engagement Ring-Buying Is Changing," 12 Apr. 2019 Onlookers first got a glimpse of the rock on the red carpet where the The Weight of These Wings singer wore a neon green sequined halter dress with dangling gemstone earrings. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Flaunted Her New Wedding Ring at the ACMs and We're Obsessed," 9 Apr. 2019 Elisa Pendant Necklace, $85; Kendra Scott also designs a line of fine jewelry, which consists of pieces encrusted with pavé diamonds and handcut gemstones. Kami Phillips,, "Shop the Affordable and Chic Jewelry Brand Blake Lively, Jessica Alba and More Stars Can't Stop Wearing," 15 Feb. 2018 If your dress is simple and plain, which there is nothing wrong with that, amp it up with colorful gemstone drop earrings. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What to Buy Right Now for That Fall Wedding You'll Attend," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of gemstone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gemstone was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of gemstone

: a stone that can be used in jewelry when it is cut and polished


gem·​stone | \ ˈjem-ˌstōn How to pronounce gemstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of gemstone

: a stone that when cut and polished can be used in jewelry

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