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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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  • You did not hear whether he had any precious stones in his possession?

    My Strangest Case Guy Boothby
  • Oh, there is gold, and there are diamonds and precious stones of all kinds.

  • It was filled to the brim with precious stones, most of them removed from their settings.

    The Golden Fleece Julian Hawthorne
  • I would not have sold it for its weight in the most precious stones.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • We are told that Lady Jane's headdress on the morning of her marriage was of green velvet set round with precious stones.

    Ten Girls from History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • Amongst other things there is a brisk trade carried on in precious stones.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • Many different countries were drawn upon for contributions of precious stones.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for precious stones

precious stone

any of certain rare minerals, such as diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, or opal, that are highly valued as gemstones
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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precious stones in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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