Gems

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gem

 (jĕm)
n.
1. A piece of a valuable mineral or minerallike substance that has been cut, polished, or otherwise prepared for use as an ornament.
2.
a. Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection: a little gem of a book.
b. A beloved or highly prized person.
3. A muffin, especially a very small one.
tr.v. gemmed, gem·ming, gems
To adorn with gems.

[Middle English gemme, from Old French, from Latin gemma; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.]

Gems

See also stones.

the art or technique of engraving cameos.
the condition or quality of changing in color or luster depending on the angle of light, especially of a gemstone that reflects a single shaft of light when cut in cabochon form. — chatoyant, adj.
the art of engraving on rings.
the scientific knowledge of gems.
the science of gemstones. Also spelled gemology.gemmologist, n.gemmological, adj.
glyptology.
1. an engraving on a gemstone or other small object.
2. the stone or object engraved.
the art of carving or engraving upon gemstones. — glyptographer, n.glyptographic, adj.
the science or study of carved or engraved gemstones. Also called glyptic.
1. one who cuts, polishes, or engraves precious stones.
2. a cutter of gemstones, especially diamonds.
3. the art of cutting gemstones.
4. a connoisseur of cut gemstones and the art of their cutting. — lapidarist, n.lapidarian, adj.
a lapidary.
1. an engraving or carving on a gem stone.
2. the stone thus engraved. — lithoglyphic, lithoglyptic, adj.
Obsolete, an engraver of precious stones.
the art of engraving or carving precious stones. — lithoglyptic, adj.
the art of engraving on or designing signet rings.
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