piece of mineral used to make jewelry
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A gemstone (also called a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone, or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments.


  • All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:
    All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem:
    In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea:
    Breath and bloom, shade and shine, — wonder, wealth, and — how far above them —
Truth, that's brighter than gem,
Trust, that's purer than pearl, —
Brightest truth, purest trust in the universe, — all were for me
In the kiss of one girl.
  • If solid happiness we prize,
    Within our breast this jewel lies.
    • Nathaniel Cotton, The Fireside, stanza 3, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • God can find a soul of beauty
    Where it falls, as gems of worth
    Are found by miners dark in earth.
    • Joaquin Miller, Shadows of Shasta (1881), Epigraph, Ch. 4 : The Old Gold-Hunter.
  • Dear, I took these trackless masses
    Fresh from Him who fashioned them;
    Wrought in rock, and hewed fair passes,
    Flower set, as sets a gem.

    • Joaquin Miller, ' In Classic Shades, and Other Poems (1890), "Juanita".
  • The earth, he'd say, is just a big machine. A big processing plant. A factory. That's your big answer. The big truth. Think of a rock polisher, one of those drums, goes round and round, rolls twenty-four/seven, full of water and rocks and gravel. Grinding it all up. Round and round. Polishing those ugly rocks into gemstones.
  • “The emerald is a natural emerald, which makes it slightly more valuable than an artificial one.”
    “How do you know?” I asked. She’d made the judgment a split second after she’d put the ring into the laser scanner.
    “Natural gems have flaws,” the jeweler said. “Artificial gems are perfect.”


The Bible on Wikisource.
  • Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
  • A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it.

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