precious stone


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precious stone

n.
Any of several gems, traditionally including the diamond, emerald, ruby, and sapphire, that historically had high economic value because of rarity or appearance.

precious stone

n
(Minerals) any of certain rare minerals, such as diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, or opal, that are highly valued as gemstones
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.precious stone - a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelryprecious stone - a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
crown jewel - a precious stone that is a valuable part of a sovereign's regalia
jewellery, jewelry - an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
solitaire - a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself
diamond - a transparent piece of diamond that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
ruby - a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
pearl - a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel
emerald - a transparent piece of emerald that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
sapphire - a transparent piece of sapphire that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
Translations
حِجار كَريمَه
drahokam
ædelsten
gimsteinn
değerli taş

precious stone

nEdelstein m

precious

(ˈpreʃəs) adjective
of great value. precious jewels.
precious metal
a valuable metal such as gold, silver or platinum.
precious stone
a jewel; a gem. diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones.
precious few/little
very few/little. I've precious little money left.
References in classic literature ?
A COCK, scratching for food for himself and his hens, found a precious stone and exclaimed: "If your owner had found thee, and not I, he would have taken thee up, and have set thee in thy first estate; but I have found thee for no purpose.
A plaything let woman be, pure and fine like the precious stone, illumined with the virtues of a world not yet come.
The log walls of the barn and its snow-covered roof, that looked as if hewn out of some precious stone, sparkled in the moonlight.
I had always thought that the stories the sailors told of the famous valley of diamonds, and of the cunning way which some merchants had devised for getting at the precious stones, were mere travellers' tales invented to give pleasure to the hearers, but now I perceived that they were surely true.
"So there came in three Ambassadors with a hundred servants all apparelled in changeable colours; the most of them in silks; the Ambassadors themselves (for at home in their own country they were noble men) in cloth of gold, with great chains of gold, with gold hanging at their ears, with gold rings upon their fingers, with brooches and aglettes* of gold upon their caps, which glistered full of pearls and precious stones; to be short, trimmed and adorned with all those things, which among the Utopians were either the punishment of bondmen, or the reproach of infamed persons, or else trifles for young children to play withall.
Here, in a new shrine--in a hall inlaid with precious stones, under a roof supported by pillars of gold--the moon-god was set up and worshipped.
There were also precious stones among the treasure, glittering and sparkling, so that it is a wonder how their radiance could have been concealed.
A richly wrought leathern girdle, studded with precious stones, and held in place by a huge carved buckle of gold, clasped the garment about her waist so that the upper portion fell outward over the girdle after the manner of a blouse.
Devoid of parents, devoid of relations, devoid of flocks and herds, devoid of gold and silver and of precious stones. Now, my friends, why do I say he is devoid of these possessions?
Huge columns carved out of single masses of marble, and inlaid from top to bottom with a hundred intricate figures wrought in costly verde antique; pulpits of the same rich materials, whose draperies hung down in many a pictured fold, the stony fabric counterfeiting the delicate work of the loom; the grand altar brilliant with polished facings and balustrades of oriental agate, jasper, verde antique, and other precious stones, whose names, even, we seldom hear-- and slabs of priceless lapis lazuli lavished every where as recklessly as if the church had owned a quarry of it.
Here I discern the signs and motions of the heavens and the stars; the laws that control the winds; the number of the sands on the seashore; the healing of the sick; the virtues of all simples, of birds, and of precious stones. Wert thou but once here, my friend, though wouldst feel and own the power of knowledge.
Then magnificent gold medals set with precious stones were presented to each of the twenty-six officers; and the Tin Woodman was given a new axe studded with diamonds; and the Scarecrow received a silver jar of complexion powder.