transparent gem

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n transparent gem a gemstone having the property of transmitting light without serious diffusion
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Usage

In literature:

The figures were intaglio, in a gem of transparent cerulean hue, and delicately painted.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
Certain transparent yellow and brown specimens, cut as gem-stones, exhibit considerable brilliancy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Whilst the gem-varieties are transparent, the coarse beryl may be opaque.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
The perfectly transparent, dark green crystals from the Knappenwand and from Brazil have occasionally been cut as gem-stones.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

What went ye out to see?
A huge transparent dome,
Where marvels all that be
Found short but glorious home?
These childish forms hold gems more bright
Than jewell'd Spain or Mount of Light.
"On Seeing A Thousand Sabbath School Children" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

At least $2 billion of diamonds from Zimbabwe's Marange fields have been stolen by people linked to President Robert Mugabe's party, a diamond watchdog has said, although the state mining firm said the gems were sold transparently.
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