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Any gemstone shaped with a highly polished, rounded surface. Gems typically cut en cabochon include: [[lapis lazuli|lapis], turquoise, and opal, along with many varieties of microcrystalline quartz (such as carnelian, jasper, bloodstone), some feldspars (such as sunstone, moonstone), and some chatoyant or asteriated gems (such as garnet, sapphire, chrysoberyl, and cat's eye).

Synonyms and Related Terms

cabochon (Fr.); cabochão (Port.); Cabochon (Deut.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "cabochon cut" Encyclopædia Britannica. [Accessed October 3, 2003].
  • External source or communication Comment: Submitted information from Lisbet Thoresen