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 fingers that once caressed its gemstone-laden buttons, and the lips that filled it with sound, pleaded guilty last week before a federal judge to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. John Simerman,, "Amid Irvin Mayfield's legal woes, mythical Elysian Trumpet hidden away," 24 Nov. 2020 Following Diana and Charles’ engagement, the shape of the ring, an oval center gemstone surrounded by diamonds, became revered by the public, so much so that replicas became incredibly popular in the engagement ring market. Eliza Huber,, "Where Is Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring From The Crown Now?," 19 Nov. 2020 The set has been featured in publications like Yanko Design, Touch of Modern, and K11 Design Store for its gemstone depiction of the solar system, excluding Neptune. Popular Science, "Get this to up your desk game," 1 Aug. 2020 My favorite feature is how the dark red of a Cabernet or Malbec appears to turn the pointed design of the glass into a shining gemstone. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "The 40 best gifts to buy from Wayfair," 5 Nov. 2020 Fred is one of the best free agents now, a real gemstone, and that move would make Raptors weaker. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Are there win-now pieces for Heat in 2020 NBA free agency?," 1 Nov. 2020 The surgeon arrived, the beautiful Bella, with long, dark hair, red earrings, a stunning red gemstone on a finger and a broad smile. M. Boone Mattia, Washington Post, "A mother reflects on her long journey of reconsidering her child’s gender," 10 Sep. 2020 The previous record for a tanzanite gemstone weighed roughly 7.3 pounds, according to the news organization. Fox News, "Tanzanian miner finds record tanzanite gems, becomes overnight millionaire," 25 June 2020 The Gemological Institute of America, the non-profit responsible for the gemstone grading system, has researched the best way to care for your treasured jewelry. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean a Diamond Ring Without a Trip to the Jewelers," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gemstone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2020

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“Gemstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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