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precious stone

noun
1.
a gem distinguished for its beauty and rarity, used in jewelry.
Origin of precious stone
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English
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  • And if Brangwen's heart had not been hard and intact with anger, like a precious stone, he would have agreed.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • The cup from which he drank was of crystal, or of some other precious stone.

    The Private Library Arthur L. Humphreys
  • Each ball was of precious stone; one an amethyst, another an African carbuncle, the third an opal, and the fourth an anthracites.

  • The cup from which he drank was of crystal or of some other precious stone.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • As He is "a living stone," they are "living stones;" as He is "a precious stone," they are "precious stones."

    Notes on the book of Exodus C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • In gratitude the snake brought the Emperor a precious stone.

    Curiosities of Olden Times S. Baring-Gould
  • That precious stone, that head of the corner, is a tried stone, tried through all the years and proven sure.

    Wheat and Huckleberries Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
  • To such women as these should a shaft of precious stone be erected.

  • A precious stone, used by ancient heralds for argent in emblazoning the arms of peers.

British Dictionary definitions for precious stone

precious stone

noun
1.
any of certain rare minerals, such as diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, or opal, that are highly valued as gemstones
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