precious stones

precious stone

noun
a gem distinguished for its beauty and rarity, used in jewelry.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English

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

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Stones, Precious definition


Frequently referred to (1 Kings 10:2; 2 Chr. 3:6; 9:10; Rev. 18:16; 21:19). There are about twenty different names of such stones in the Bible. They are figuratively introduced to denote value, beauty, durability (Cant. 5:14; Isa 54:11, 12; Lam. 4:7).

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