semi·​pre·​cious | \ˌse-mē-ˈpre-shəs, 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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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 For the latest iteration, Ray has teamed up with jewelry designer Pamela Love to create three distinct bag styles that feature piercing-like hardware made from semiprecious stones including tiger’s eye, malachite, turquoise, and lapis. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Pamela Love Teams Up With Hobo for a Limited Edition Line of Punkish Bags," 16 Apr. 2018 This image shows the decoration of a large funerary scarab made from green semiprecious stone. Chris Giles, CNN, "Stunning photos capture Egypt's ancient underworld," 27 Mar. 2018 Along the main shopping street in the area of downtown Montreal known as the Golden Square Mile, Sonya Szczygiel and her husband, John Guinto, have sold beaded bracelets made of semiprecious stones for the last five years. Aili Mcconnon, New York Times, "A Luxury Building Boom Hits Montreal," 26 Sep. 2017 As in other gold rushes, violence has followed the scramble for the semiprecious gemstone, with gangs fighting over lucrative pits and claims rife that corrupt government officials are battling for territory and control. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, "The Dramatic Impact of Illegal Amber Mining in Ukraine’s Wild West," 31 Jan. 2017 Fashionable, independent women couldn't get enough of his chunky bracelets and brooches made of semiprecious stones and 14-karat gold, which were more affordable than diamond and platinum bijoux from Cartier. Jill Gerston, ELLE Decor, "Appraisal: Seaman Schepps," 19 June 2012

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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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