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1. A highly polished, convex-cut, unfaceted gem.
2. A convex style of cutting gems.
In a highly polished, convex-cut, unfaceted style: a sapphire that was cut cabochon.

[French, from Old North French, augmentative of caboche, head; see cabbage.]
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(ˈkæbəˌʃɒn; French kabɔʃɔ̃)
(Jewellery) a smooth domed gem, polished but unfaceted
[C16: from Old French, from Old Norman French caboche head; see cabbage1]
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(ˈkæb əˌʃɒn, -ˌʃɔ̃)

1. a gemstone, usu. round or oval, cut so as to have a domed surface that is polished but not faceted.
2. the style of cutting a stone so.
3. in the form of a cabochon: a turquoise cut cabochon.
4. cut in the form of a cabochon.
[1570–80; < Middle French, derivative of caboche head]
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Noun1.cabochon - a highly polished gem that is cut convexly but without facets
gemstone, gem, stone - a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry; "he had the gem set in a ring for his wife"; "she had jewels made of all the rarest stones"
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For jewelry she will cut them with a rock saw to about 3/8 inch then work them on the slant lapidary to make cabochons. She will wrap some in wire to make earrings or pendants.
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Using these evergreen techniques, Susan showcases metal, beads, lamp-worked elements, cabochons, and found objects in interesting, beautiful wire jewelry.
Hong Kong exhibitor, Jadmily Jewelry Corporation Ltd (Booth: CEC GH-D17), presents a set of jadeite cabochon jewellery worth approximately HK$100 million, comprising a necklace of nine translucent jadeite cabochons, a jadeite cabochon ring and a pendant.
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Handcraft Wire Jewelry provides jewelry makers with projects that use chains, wire-wrapped cabochons, and more, as well as cold soldering techniques that requires no special tools.
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Women's jewelry reveals an intriguing mix of signature sterling silver inset with faceted cabochons in bright silver and gold.