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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This year the store launched a line that uses fair trade gemstones and ethically sourced metals, and jewelry sales are now trending 25 percent ahead of last year. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 In Elmhurst, Illinois, there’s the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, focused on gemstones and carvings. Angela Chen, The Verge, "You can now download tickets to visit museums for free on Sept. 22nd," 19 Aug. 2018 Though the majority of her looks involve diamonds or gemstones, every so often Beyoncé and her stylist, Zerina Akers, pull out something edgier. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyonce’s Statement Earrings Will Remind You of Your Favorite '80s Toy," 7 Aug. 2018 Among the items, seized in a series of raids in recent weeks, were 12,000 pieces of jewelry worth an estimated $109 million in the value of their precious metals and gemstones alone, Mr. Amar Singh said. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Tiaras, Purses and Cash: Malaysia Seizes Record Haul From Ex-Leader Najib," 27 June 2018 Available in 11 shades, this foundation also contains a natural gemstone called tourmaline to provide brilliance, pearl powder, and nourishing camellia leaf extract. Wendy Gould, Allure, "The 9 Best Powder Foundations to Thwart Summer Sweat," 3 July 2018 However, the classical inspiration of some of these jewels were simple garlands of flowers, so brides do tend to favor this design in wreaths made of precious metals and gemstones. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Tiara Etiquette: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Who Can Wear One—and Who Can't," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of gemstone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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