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precious stone

a gem distinguished for its beauty and rarity, used in jewelry.
Origin of precious stone
1250-1300; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The price per carat of a precious stone increases with size.
  • Surely all the treasures that he had before were as nothing compared with this precious stone that brought up the rear.
  • Sometimes they are as richly diaphanous as a precious stone, and glow from within with a deep, inexplicable light.
  • These small trays are often carved with intricate designs and inlaid with semi-precious stone and/or shell.
  • Gold and silver crowns and other adornments in precious metals and precious stone are often found on these statues.
  • The merchandise under consideration is a wax casting of a ring with a diamond or other precious stone set in the wax casting.
British Dictionary definitions for precious stone

precious stone

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