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    Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Hello everyone!

    What's the difference between a jewel and a precious stone?

    What's better for use in an instruction for accounting?

    Differences in AmE and BrE usage?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Apart from the obvious difference that 'jewel' can be used metaphorically, 'jewel' is an all-embracing term for both precious stones (rubies, diamonds and the like) and 'semi-precious stones' (agates, opals and the like); and perhaps also for something that's not a stone at all (like a pearl).

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    PS I say 'perhaps' because I'm just not sure. I'm sure some web-page out there will explain aNY differences there may be. For example, there is something called 'costume jewellery' which uses materials that probably wouldn't be called 'jewels' at all.
    Last edited by BobK; 20-Apr-2011 at 14:47. Reason: Fix typo

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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Thank you.
    I'm not speaking of any sort of metaphoric usage of the word 'jewel'.
    It's all about regulations and rules.

    The context is like this:

    Rules for Accounting and Storing of Precious Metals, Jewels/Presious Stones and Products of Them, as well as for Maintaining Respective Reports

    There is also another word -- "Gem".

    So, what to choose for the instruction?
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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Could it be that "precious stones" are the raw material and "jewels" are the finished product?

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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    According to LDOCE:

    jewel a valuable stone, such as a diamond : He had a large fortune in gold and jewels. | the crown jewels (= the crown and other valuable objects worn by the king or queen on important royal occasions ) | a jewel thief
    precious stone a rare and valuable jewel such as a diamond or an emerald : The handle of the sword was decorated with precious stones.
    gem ( also gemstone ) a jewel that has been cut into a special shape : The cross had large red gems set into it. | Her eyes were shining like gemstones.
    semi-precious stone a valuable stone, but one that is not as rare or valuable as a diamond, ruby, emerald etc : Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone that was often used by the ancient Egyptians.
    solitaire technical a single jewel, especially a large diamond : a gold ring with a diamond solitaire

    I guess "jewel" is the right term for my instruction. Do you agree?

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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    I guess "jewel" is the right term for my instruction. Do you agree?
    How about 'Jewels and Precious Stones'?

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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Well, I guess I can't use this formulation in the translation... The term that is most suitable in the form for the russian expression is 'precious stones'. But according to the LDOCE, the sence is better passed over by the term 'jewel'.

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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    If what you're translating is Драгоценные камни, then you should use the word gemstones.

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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Yep, it's Драгоценные камни. (Speak Russian too?)


    Anyway, how can a product be made of a gemstone? I mean jemstone is a finished product or a semi-finished product to be set into somewhere.
    I guess the instruction is not only about the stones cut to a certain shape. It also includes raw materials.
    I need a wider term here -- wider than just a jemstone.

    Well, I may be wrong, 'cause concepts differ from country to country.
    I base my opinion on the info from LDOCE.

    Thank you!
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    Re: Jewel vs. Precious stone

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Yep, it's Драгоценные камни. (Speak Russian too?)


    Anyway, how can a product be made of a gemstone? I mean jemstone is a finished product or a semi-finished product to be set into somewhere.
    I guess the instruction is not only about the stones cut to a certain shape. It also includes raw materials.
    I need a wider term here -- wider than just a jemstone.

    Well, I may be wrong, 'cause concepts differ from country to country.
    I base my opinion on the info from LDOCE.

    Thank you!
    You may of course have your opinion, but gemstones is how драгоценные камни is translated from Russian into English.

    Gemstones includes unprocessed minerals. These are called raw gemstones.

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