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  1. The color theme of the party is different of orange.
  2. Your hair kind of has a reddish in it.
  3. She doesn't have any stones on her ring. It's just gold.
  4. The ocean water is more than usual today because of the storms. It is usually very clear.
  5. Most children are with different types of medicine to prevent them from becoming sick.
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694 Jewels, Gems, Rocks and Stones
Adrienne talks about what jewelry she likes to wear. Are diamonds a girls best friend?

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precious stones

I'm actually not a big fan of precious stones like diamonds, rubies, or emeralds.

'Precious stones' are stones that are rare and beautiful, and because of this they are valuable. Notice the following:

  1. Buying lab created precious stones is a lot cheaper.
  2. What kind of precious stone is that?

shades of

The most common Jade you find is green and various shades of green.

The 'shade of' something is the intensity of its color. Maybe some of the Jade is light green and some is dark green.  Notice the following:

  1. Most of his clothes are shades of brown.
  2. Her whole house is decorated with shades of yellow.

injected with

They still call it Jade, but it's actually been injected with a color to make it greener.

If you are 'injected with' a liquid, it is forcefully put into your body using a needle. We use injections frequently for preventative medicine. Notice the following:

  1. The meat is injected with juices to make it more moist.
  2. It's become popular for celebrities to get their lips injected with Botox.

translucent

It's a little bit translucent, so if you hold it up to the light, you can see light coming though it.

Something that is 'translucent' is a little cloudy to look through, but you can still see through it a little bit. Gelatin would be considered translucent. Notice the following:

  1. You can tell that the coffee isn't strong, because it is so translucent.
  2. Would you prefer that this wood is painted with a stronger or more translucent color?

tint

Carnelian is a red stone, but it's got kind of an orange tint to it.

Here, 'tint' refers to a color that is noticeable, but is not the dominant color. For example, if you have a lot of a red clothes and you put them next to each other, you will notice that they are not all exactly the same color. The difference between the color is a tint. Notice the following:

  1. She prefers reds with a bluish tint.
  2. The paint is green with a bit of a bluish tint.