One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.
jewels, gems, gemstones, precious stones, semi-precious stones, bijouterieView synonyms
- ‘She then took out her red velvet jewelry box, which contained three rings.’
- ‘The foreigner had tried to steal expensive diamond jewelry at knifepoint from a service girl.’
- ‘There's no need to buy expensive branded jewelry from Tiffany unless you are making an investment.’
- ‘Are you buying expensive jewelry for your wife for Christmas?’
- ‘Some are encrusted with costume jewelry, evoking the roughly bejeweled icons of Byzantium.’
- ‘He wears real gold jewelry and drives a BMW.’
- ‘Also, South Beach shops off of Collins have some beautiful handmade jewelry.’
- ‘Max, a goldsmith and engraver, established a company that manufactured costume jewelry.’
- ‘She also requested you wear your gold jewelry, even though it is uncomfortable.’
- ‘He tells him of the jewelry store heist idea and Vogel immediately wants in.’
- ‘Performance means not wearing jewelry of any kind.’
- ‘Once I opened the box I see a small black velvet jewelry box.’
- ‘European makeup and costume jewelry, too, are replacing traditional cosmetics and ornaments.’
- ‘Her fingers started to peel off the wrapper, unveiling a dark blue velvet jewelry box.’
- ‘Patients requiring preoperative magnetic resonance imaging must remove body jewelry.’
- ‘For two months she learned how to make silver jewelry, selling some of her pieces through the store.’
- ‘In India and Asia, the purchase of silver jewelry is not for show but as investment.’
- ‘I learned to make silver jewelry as a hobby and then a minor profession.’
- ‘Items of fine jewelry are priced from 2,400 baht and up.’
- ‘Bronze enabled people to make better tools and weapons, as well as make beautiful jewelry and sculpture.’
The different spellings of jewelry in British and American English can cause confusion. The British spelling jewellery adds -lery to jewel, while the American spelling jewelry adds -ry
Late Middle English: from Old French juelerie, from juelier ‘jeweler’, from joel (see jewel).
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