177. Gems


See also 385. STONES .

cameography
the art or technique of engraving cameos.
chatoyancy
the condition or quality of changing in color or luster depending on the angle of light, especially of a gemstone that reflects a single shaft of light when cut in cabochon form. — chatoyant, adj.
dactyliography
the art of engraving on rings.
gemmary
the scientific knowledge of gems.
gemmology
the science of gemstones. Also spelled gemology. gemmologist, n. gemmological, adj.
glyptic
glyptology.
glyptograph
1 . an engraving on a gemstone or other small object.
2 . the stone or object engraved.
glyptography
the art of carving or engraving upon gemstones. — glyptographer, n. glyptographic, adj.
glyptology
the science or study of carved or engraved gemstones. Also called glyptic .
lapidary
1 . one who cuts, polishes, or engraves precious stones.
2 . a cutter of gemstones, especially diamonds.
3 . the art of cutting gemstones.
4 . a connoisseur of cut gemstones and the art of their cutting. — lapidarist, n. lapidarian, adj.
lapidist
a lapidary.
lithoglyph
1 . an engraving or carving on a gem stone.
2 . the stone thus engraved. — lithoglyphic, lithoglyptic, adj.
lithoglypher
Obsolete, an engraver of precious stones.
lithoglyptics
the art of engraving or carving precious stones. — lithoglyptic, adj.
sigillography
the art of engraving on or designing signet rings.

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