gem·stone | \ˈjem-ˌstōn \

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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Hatton Garden—the London street and commercial district that housed the industrial-grade vault that was attacked—is a location synonymous with valuable gemstones, the United Kingdom’s answer to the jewelers row on West 47th Street in NewYork City. Eric Konigsberg, Town & Country, "Old School Jewelry Heists Are on the Rise—And Celebrities Are the Target," 12 Apr. 2018 At a small home with a leaking tin roof near Venezuela’s capital, Johandrys Colls proudly shows off two metal crowns with plastic gemstones and nine satin sashes won in local beauty pageants. Washington Post, "In embattled Venezuela, beauty offers ladder out of poverty," 6 July 2018 Even in this brightly colored tech office, Divinity Matovu, one of Lyft's community program managers, stands out, wearing a long floral dress and chunky blue gemstone earrings. Madeline Buxton,, "The Pipeline: The First-Gen College Student Who Became A Lyft Community Manager," 31 May 2018 According to People, in 1997 Diana wore the gemstone to an auction of her own wardrobe at Christie's. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Just Gave Meghan Markle a Gift from Princess Diana's Jewelry Collection," 19 May 2018 As Elizabeth Taylor knew, a splash of coloured gemstones can add instant dazzle. Jessica Vince, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 pieces of coloured gemstone jewellery every woman should own," 4 Dec. 2017 There’s some optional dialogue where Cyrus the professor might ask Tressa about some new gemstones she’s found, but that’s about it. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 Store owners, mostly men, work to entice customers to purchase their diamonds and gemstones., "The Black Woman Bringing Luxury To New York’s Diamond District," 25 May 2018 Think: some of the rarest gemstones in the world, meticulously set into detailed, luxurious gold, touched by the hands of some of the world’s most prestigious goldsmiths. Kristen Bateman, Town & Country, "Meet Temple St. Clair, the American Jeweler Who's Preserving Old-World Italian Craftsmanship," 28 June 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 \

Kids Definition of gemstone

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

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