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Schmuck

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by razveck, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. razveck New Member

    Portuguese
    Hello everyone, I have a question regarding the use of Schmuck. Is it used to refer to jewellery as a whole, or can it be used to indicate a specific piece of jewellery, as in "this jewel" => "dieser Schmuck". If not, how do I say, for instance, "a golden jewel", can I say "ein Goldschmuck", or do I have to say "ein Schmuckstück"?

    In fact, if someone could clarify the difference in uses between "Schmuck", "Schmuckstück" and "Juwel".

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Frank78

    Frank78 Senior Member

    Saxony-Anhalt
    German
    Schmuck (jewellery) is not countable.

    "Schau mal, der Juwelier hat schönen Goldschmuck."
    "Dieser Silberschmuck gefällt mir."

    Schmuckstück (a piece of jewellery) is countable.

    "Dieses Schmuckstück mag ich sehr."

    Juwel is a gemstone but it can also be used figuratively to say something is very precious.
     
  3. razveck New Member

    Portuguese
    Thanks a lot. That cleared it up!
     
  4. oberhaenslir Senior Member

    German, Switzerland

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