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precious stones


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  • n. Plural form of precious stone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. gems; jewels.


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  • South Asian merchants exchanged cotton cloth, spices, pearls and precious stones for gold and ivory from the East Coast of Africa, spices, rare timbers and gems from South-East Asia, and silk, ceramics and rice from China.

    Foreign Minister: Australia and India - Not Just Cricket

  • There are also precious stones of several varieties, and the famous gold of Bhangtaphan.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court

  • In the meantime he was expected to find some pearls in order to pay for the equipment of his fleet; and in consideration of what had happened to the last lot of pearls collected by him, an agent named Diego de Porras was sent along with him to keep an account of the gold and precious stones which might be discovered.

    Christopher Columbus

  • This sort of talk went on daily until one morning he told me that the day previous he had an offer of a lot of precious stones for five thousand dollars which he could have turned over inside of thirty days with a profit of two thousand dollars, but had to pass it because Mr. Viedler was out of town.

    The Romance and Tragedy

  • Eventually, however, as the Smyrnaeans say, "we took up his bones, which are more valuable than precious stones and finer than refined gold, and laid them in a suitable place, where the Lord will permit us to gather ourselves together, as we are able, in gladness and joy, and to celebrate the birthday of his martyrdom."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • "Kuwait's Bond Street," Raschid offered sardonically, as Felicia stared at the bewilderingly exotic display of precious stones in a jeweller's window.

    Falcon's Prey

  • The extraordinary beauty of the inlaying of shells, mother-of-pearl, crystal, and precious stones of every color, the splendor of the gilding, and the elegance of the costly kinkob curtains with which it is hung, combine to render this one of the most striking and beautiful objects to be seen on the Meinam.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court

  • The populace of England rolls by to weary itself in the great bazaar of Kensington, [3] little thinking that a day will come when those veiled vestals and prancing amazons, and goodly merchandise of precious stones and gold, will all be forgotten as though they had not been; but that the light which has faded from the walls of the Academy is one which a million Koh-i-noors could not rekindle; and that the year

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • These precious stones included 1 large ruby and sapphire; 16 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 4 rubies, 1363 brilliant diamonds; 1273 rose diamonds, 147 table diamonds; 4 drop-shaped pearls;

    Queen Victoria

  • That could be got on credit from Messrs. Harter and Benjamin; for though Mr. Benjamin was absent, — on a little tour through Europe in search of precious stones in the cheap markets, old Mr. Harter suggested, — the business went on the same as ever.

    The Eustace Diamonds


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