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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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 The gold necklace at far left, set with rough-cut diamonds and pearls, was inspired by desert sands, while the piece at near left, strung with green tourmalines and diamonds, celebrates Africa’s natural gemstones. ... Christopher Ross, WSJ, "Marco Bicego’s Unico Necklaces," 28 May 2019 Society members also regularly demonstrate gemstone-cutting techniques. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sphere-making expert got his start at fair demonstration booth," 28 June 2019 Although many of the pieces contained remnants of bone and other fossils such as mussels, Foster was most interested in the gemstone. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Opal Miner Unearths New Species of Dinosaur," 5 June 2019 Her hair was styled curly and coiled, with fresh and glowing makeup and a set of killer gemstone earrings. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Just Revealed She's Pregnant With Baby #3 on the Red Carpet," 3 May 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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