semi·​pre·​cious | \ ˌse-mē-ˈpre-shəs How to pronounce semiprecious (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semiprecious

of a gemstone
: of less commercial value than a precious stone

Examples of semiprecious in a Sentence

semiprecious stones such as aquamarines and garnets

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Ganesh comes in nearly every size (pinkie size to head high) and type of material, including brass, terra-cotta, ceramic, sandalwood and semiprecious stone. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 No lotion or potion or semiprecious stone tool will erase veins or alter the structure of your face. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 Some countertops have become not only the focal point of a room but a piece of art for the home, such as a glass top that has an artist’s work embedded in it, or an agate piece backlit with semiprecious stones. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "Countertops Limited Only by Your Budget and Imagination," 26 Dec. 2018 Near a window, a table displays orbs—agate, quartz, malachite, marble—made by her father, a connoisseur of semiprecious stones. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Milan Ceramicist Brings Her Family’s Artisanal Aesthetic to Life at Home," 4 Oct. 2018 Her designs, which incorporate semiprecious stones, find a way to modernize ancient references. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Meet Jorja Smith’s Favorite Jewelry Designer (It’s Her Mom)," 27 July 2018 His colorful and exuberant designs include beads, feathers, lace and even semiprecious stones. New York Times, "Now on Tour: Shoes and Sketches by Manolo Blahnik," 8 May 2018 What: Handmade jewelry using semiprecious stones and metals such as sterling silver, 14k yellow and rose gold fill. Vanessa Infanzon, charlotteobserver, "CLT Made: Kathleen Levren Jewelry | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018 Almost anything can be found carved from lapis lazuli, a semiprecious, deep blue gemstone native to Afghanistan. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of semiprecious

1858, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of semiprecious

of a jewel : fairly valuable : having somewhat less value than a precious stone

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