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[jem-stohn] /ˈdʒɛmˌstoʊn/
a precious or semiprecious stone that can be cut and polished for use as a gem.
Origin of gemstone
before 1000; Middle English gimstone, Old English gimstān. See gem, stone Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gemstone
  • Amber is a semiprecious gemstone formed from fossilized tree sap.
  • Ruby, the common name for the mineral corundum in its red form, is a precious gemstone.
  • Your home state may have an official rock, mineral, or gemstone.
  • Next the bezel is cut and a pyramid-faceted gemstone is set, point side up.
  • Amber is sometimes considered a gemstone skeleton: noun: bones of a body.
  • Many of us have given a gift of jade, which is a green gemstone.
  • While crying about her situation near a cliff, she kicks a rock over the edge and watches as it reveals a gemstone hidden below.
  • Unique coastal gifts include handmade scrimshaws and jewelry featuring tourmaline, the state gemstone.
  • Beryl is a gemstone commonly found in the granite rocks abundant in the state.
  • Tourmaline seems to have a special place in the hearts of mineral collectors as well as in that of gem and gemstone enthusiasts.
British Dictionary definitions for gemstone


a precious or semiprecious stone, esp one cut and polished for setting in jewellery related adjective lapidary
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Word Origin and History for gemstone

Old English gimstan; see gem + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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