American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A highly polished, convex-cut, unfaceted gem.
- n. A convex style of cutting gems.
- adv. In a highly polished, convex-cut, unfaceted style: a sapphire that was cut cabochon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A polished but uncut precious stone.
- n. A convex-cut, polished stone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Jewelry) A stone of convex form, highly polished, but not faceted; also, the style of cutting itself. Such stones are said to be cut
- adj. (Jewelry) Of, pertaining to, containing, or in the style of, a cabochon.
- n. a highly polished gem that is cut convexly but without facets
- Borrowed from French cabochon, augmentative form of caboche ("head"), from Old French caboce, from Latin caput ("head"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old North French, augmentative of caboche, head; see cabbage. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the material is to be left in some one of the flat-backed, rounded top forms known as cabochon cut, the surfaces need only to be smoothed (by means of very fine abrasives such as fine emery applied by means of laps, or even by fine emery or carborundum cloth), and they are then ready for polishing.”
“Now, the company cherished for its bold use of colored stones, cabochon cuts and serpentine coils is making its brashest move yet: a merger with French luxury giant LVMH.”
“When you think of a cabochon sapphire, you don't think of a helmet, yet that's what the shape is inspired by.”
“Before digging into a lobster napoleon, Ms. Chao mingled among some of her masterpieces: a choker with the weight of 36.64 marquise cut diamonds, a crimson rose butterfly made of 9.45 carats of cabochon cut ruby.”
“Chanel classic flap bag in satin embroidered with glass cabochon jewels, €4,500 On the grounds that Chanel is still possibly the world's most desirable brand, this ritzy number flies in the face of conventional wisdom that less is more.”
“A single cabochon emerald on a long golden chain hung between her breasts and added green to her eyes.”
“It was a heavy gold circlet, set with a cabochon ruby.”
“It is fashioned out of a silk plain weave, gold-metallic thread weave, a cabochon turquoise and egret feathers.”
“Thomas began initially for himself, working in copper and sterling silver with semi-precious cabochon (unfaceted) stones, broadening his oeuvre into gold and precious gems.”
““Fass,” fiss or fuss; the gem set in a ring; also applied to a hillock rounded en cabochon.”
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