gemstone

noun
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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Examples of gemstone in a Sentence

traditionally, the gemstone for someone born in May is an emerald
Recent Examples on the Web The Gossip Girl alum also showed a closeup of her jewelry including a Brent Neale multicolor gemstone statement necklace and matching drop earrings for her day at the farm. Stephanie Wenger, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 While in town, take a break from shopping for gorgeous gemstone jewels and eating all the New Mexican cuisine to go on a Women of the West Historical Walking Tour ($45 per person). Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2022 And in the Years to Come Associated with loyalty and trust, sapphire is a timeless gemstone—and a fitting gesture for the fifth anniversary. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 Diamond imitations were popular at court, made with a new form of leaded glass that had a gemstone luster, which had the bonus of foiling thieves. Carol Woolton, Town & Country, 23 Mar. 2022 Joan Crawford wearing blue sapphires, reported to be her favorite gemstone. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 When viewed under ultraviolet light, the normally colorless gemstone glows a brilliant fluorescent green. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 The look was finished with python-print platform sandals and a gold metallic clutch, also by Gucci, and an assortment of diamond and gemstone rings by Bulgari. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 Rihanna’s belly is bare, showcasing a gold cross pendant and brooch styled as the focal point of a pearl-and-gemstone chain around her belly. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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29 Apr 2022

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“Gemstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gemstone. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for gemstone

gemstone

noun
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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