Artificial gem
Gem Gem, n. [OE. gemme precious stone, F. gemme, fr. L. gemma a precious stone, bud.] 1. (Bot.) A bud. [1913 Webster]

From the joints of thy prolific stem A swelling knot is raised called a gem. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

2. A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornament; a jewel. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything of small size, or expressed within brief limits, which is regarded as a gem on account of its beauty or value, as a small picture, a verse of poetry, a witty or wise saying. [1913 Webster]

{Artificial gem}, an imitation of a gem, made of glass colored with metallic oxide. Cf. {Paste}, and {Strass}. [1913 Webster]


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  • rhinestone — /ruyn stohn /, n. an artificial gem of paste, often cut to resemble a diamond. [1885 90; RHINE + STONE (trans. of F caillou du Rhin)] * * * ▪ glass gem       colourless, faceted glass used in jewelry; also foil backed or silvered cut glass used… …   Universalium

  • paste — /payst/, n., v., pasted, pasting. n. 1. a mixture of flour and water, often with starch or the like, used for causing paper or other material to adhere to something. 2. any soft, smooth, and plastic material or preparation. 3. dough, esp. when… …   Universalium

  • paste — /peɪst / (say payst) noun 1. a mixture of flour and water, often with starch, etc., used for causing paper, etc., to adhere. 2. any material or preparation in a soft or plastic mass: a toothpaste. 3. dough, especially when prepared with… …   Australian English dictionary

  • assembled — /euh sem beuhld/, adj. noting an artificial gem formed of two or more parts, as a doublet or triplet, at least one of which is a true gemstone. [1585 95; ASSEMBLE + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • imitation — imitational, adj. /im i tay sheuhn/, n. 1. a result or product of imitating. 2. the act of imitating. 3. a counterfeit; copy. 4. a literary composition that imitates the manner or subject of another author or work. 5. Biol. mimicry. 6. Psychol.… …   Universalium

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