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jewelry

Jewelry refers to an adornment (generally precious metal or stone) worn by a person, like a bracelet, ring, necklace, or earrings. Jewelry may be purely decorative, or it may express something — like a ring that says you are married.

Humans have been in the jewelry business for a long time: A shell bracelet, or necklace was found in a cave in South Africa that dates back 75,000 years. Both a diamond ring from Tiffany’s and a handmade beaded bracelet are jewelry, but whether the jewel in jewelry is real or imitation, it is always spelled out. More than one piece of jewelry is still the same word.

Definitions of jewelry
  1. noun
    an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
    synonyms: jewellery
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    bead
    a small ball with a hole through the middle
    bijou
    a small and delicately worked piece
    bling, bling bling
    flashy, ostentatious jewelry
    bangle, bracelet
    jewelry worn around the wrist for decoration
    clip
    an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress
    cufflink
    jewelry consisting of one of a pair of linked buttons used to fasten the cuffs of a shirt
    earring
    jewelry to ornament the ear; usually clipped to the earlobe or fastened through a hole in the lobe
    gem, jewel, precious stone
    a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
    necklace
    jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)
    pin
    a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment
    band, ring
    jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
    tie clip
    a piece of jewelry that holds a man's tie in place
    ankle bracelet, anklet
    an ornament worn around the ankle
    annulet
    a small ring
    armilla
    (archeology) a bracelet worn around the wrist or arm
    breastpin, broach, brooch
    a decorative pin worn by women
    bugle
    a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration
    chain, strand, string
    a necklace made by a stringing objects together
    chain
    a linked or connected series of objects
    choker, collar, dog collar, neckband
    necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck
    crown jewel
    a precious stone that is a valuable part of a sovereign's regalia
    engagement ring
    a ring given and worn as a sign of betrothal
    mourning ring
    a ring worn as a memorial to a dead person
    drop earring, eardrop, pendant earring
    an earring with a pendant ornament
    ringlet
    a small ring
    scatter pin
    small pin usually worn in groups of two or more
    seal ring, signet ring
    a ring bearing a signet
    solitaire
    a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself
    stickpin
    a decorative pin that is worn in a necktie
    scarfpin, tie tack, tiepin
    a pin used to hold the tie in place
    wedding band, wedding ring
    a ring (usually plain gold) given to the bride (and sometimes one is also given to the groom) at the wedding
    diamond
    a transparent piece of diamond that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    ruby
    a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    pearl
    a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel
    emerald
    a transparent piece of emerald that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    sapphire
    a transparent piece of sapphire that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    type of:
    adornment
    a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
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