- a gem distinguished for its beauty and rarity, used in jewelry.
Origin of precious stone
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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- any of certain rare minerals, such as diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, or opal, that are highly valued as gemstones
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