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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Synonyms for gemstone

Synonyms

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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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; kendrascott.com Kendra Scott also designs a line of fine jewelry, which consists of pieces encrusted with pavé diamonds and handcut gemstones. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "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 At first, the game seems like wholesome fun that involves quests and gemstones and goofy costumes. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Let's Talk About Tonight's Very Special Flashback Episode of Riverdale," 8 Nov. 2018 The end result was an eye-catching outfit immortalized with a multi-photo Instagram post that showed off each element, from the teensy purse to her outsize gemstone rings—each connecting back to the colors of Lang’s work. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Just Took the Ultimate Art-Selfie in This Luxury L.A. Concept Store," 25 Jan. 2019 This major decision comes after the couple heads to a fancy dinner (where everyone is very racist and sexist, FYI) and manage to sell one of their rubies to a gemstone-loving guest. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Claire and Jamie Find Trouble in America in Outlander's Dramatic Premiere Episode," 5 Nov. 2018 Far from being lost in meditation, the figure’s expression is alert and its gaze direct, its eyes perhaps once inlaid with rock crystal or gemstones. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka’ Review: Reclaiming a Country’s Creative History," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of gemstone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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gemstone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gemstone

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

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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