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


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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It's used to identify and type gemstones, including diamonds and emeralds. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Crazy Powerful Optical Ruler Measures All the Way Down to the Nanoscale," 6 Sep. 2019 All of their products are made with natural ingredients, from French pink clay to Brazilian gemstones, that will restore your skin in no time. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The 12 Best Clean Beauty Brands Available on Amazon," 23 Aug. 2019 Other gemstones, like moonstones or opals, are stunning—and highly recommended on a tighter budget. Colleen Banks, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much to Spend—and Where to Save—When Shopping for an Engagement Ring," 12 June 2019 There are gemstones that will withstand the salt water—diamonds, sapphires, rubies— but the water and waves can loosen the fit of a ring and loosen mountings. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Have You Been Doing Beach Jewelry Wrong All Summer?," 21 Aug. 2019 The keys unearthed can be returned to a newer publishing company in exchange for a gemstone worth about $1,000. Patrick Connolly,, "Is there buried treasure in De Leon Springs State Park? Two Central Florida men believe so," 23 July 2019 The Parure features four carved gemstones depicting different Tudor monarchs. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Rare Tiara Designed for a Romanov Coronation Goes on Display," 8 July 2019 Seattle’s Emerald City nickname also showed up in more literal ways, with depictions of the gemstone floating in the middle of mostly blue motifs. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Last month, we asked readers what Seattle’s city flag should look like. Here’s what you came up with.," 7 July 2019 Lightning Ridge is famous for yielding fossils hewn from often brightly colored opal, a gemstone that forms over long periods from the concentration of silica-rich solutions underground. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Gem-like fossils reveal stunning new dinosaur species," 3 June 2019

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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 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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