Green’s Dictionary of Slang

jewel n.

1. (also jewel bag, jewelry) usu. in pl., the male genitals.

[UK]Mankind line 429: neu gyse. A lasse master a lasse my privyte my privyte [...] Ye shall not choppe my Iewellys.
[UK]G. Wilkins Miseries of an Enforced Marriage Act IV: Mine are precious cabinets, and must have precious jewels put into them, and I know you to be merchants of stock-fish, dry-meat, and not men for my market.
[UK]T. Heywood Faire Maid of the West Pt I V i: Is this your Moorish preferment to rob a man of his best jewel.
[UK]C. Cotton Valiant Knight 13: Here, take my Jewell, and my Treasure, And exercise your cruell Pleasure.
[UK]Laugh and Be Fat 24: When she was fast locked in the Embraces of her new Bedfellow [she] to ask him what was become of those delicate rich Stones [...] My Dear, replied the Bridegroom, here they are at your Service, upon my word they are the individual Jewels my Uncle bid me thirty thousand pounds for.
[US] in F. Moore Songs and Ballads of the Amer. Revolution (1855) 307: Och! would you die, my jewel?
[UK] ‘A Slap Against the Garden Gate’ in Nancy Dawson’s Cabinet of Songs 19: For Lubin had promised to meet her there, / And showed to her his jewels rare.
[UK]Sins of the Cities of the Plain 9: How I should like to handle such a manly jewel.
[UK]Forbidden Fruit n.p.: [To] make the tips of the pliant birch even reach the jewel bag, which was about to shoot its balm of love into her sister.
[UK]N. Douglas London Street Games 22: As soon as the judge says ‘Therefore deliver up them golden jools’, the prisoner – no, I can’t tell you any more about the game. It’s rather rude.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 306: If all the young ladies did not know the rules, / I’d have a great time just using my jewels.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 118: jewelry 1. male genitals.
[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 133: Come home, Sweetstick, and bring the jewels, I could dig some good downhome screwing.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 46: Most blacks, and myself, [...] cover the jewels. Right hand goes over the nuts.
[US]B. Hamper Rivethead (1992) 101: I wrote about having intercourse with a woman who damn near dejeweled me.
‘David 19’ ‘The Tribes’ Eunuch Archives [Internet] He’s a loser – big time, not worthy of having a man’s jewels between his legs.
[SA]IOL Cape News 7 Oct. [Internet] What’s the point of living if you don’t have your jewels.

2. (also jewel case, jewelery, jewelry, jewels) the vagina.

[UK]J. Heywood Proverbs II Ch. iiii: Eche others byrdes or jewels, ye do weie / Above your owne.
[UK]T. Heywood Edward IV (1874) I 67: shore: What came he heere to cheapen at our shop? jane: This jewell, loue.
[UK]R. Brome Damoiselle II i: There will be some Rifling for some Jewell, / Or other rare Commodity.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 16 13–20 Sept. 146: Some Jewells were found about them of an unvaluable Price, with their Maiden-heads graven in Plates of Gold.
[UK]Cleland Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 118: The inestimable bulse of lady’s jewels.
[Ire] ‘Reilly’s Praise of his Lovely Molly’ Irish Songster 3: I count it a pleasure my jewel to ease you.
[UK] ‘Come, Sleep With Me’ Frisky Vocalist 31: Our bed shall be, / A pleasant place that’s in King’s Place, / Where I’ll shew you my jewel case.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 167: Joyau [...] 2. The female pudendum; ‘the jewel’.
[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 451: Jewelery, (2) A woman’s sexual organs.
[[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 132: jewelry A woman’s genitals].
[US]D. Lypchuk ‘A dirty little story’ in eye mag. 8 July [Internet] On the jewelled terrace he growled at the badger, blew some tunes and went way down south in Dixie, where he found himself grinning in the canyon.

3. (US/Irish-Amer.) a fellow, a man, oft. as a term of address; occas. used of women.

[[UK]Whores Rhetorick 129: How does my Jewel do to Day, and how has she digested the Documents she lately received?
[UK]Select Trials at Old Bailey (1742) I 159: I could plainly hear him kiss the Boy, and call him his Dear, and his Jewel, and his precious little Rogue.
Sailor’s Lamentation for the Loss of his Love 8: Her Mother said to him my Jewel, Unto my Daughter be not cruel.
[UK]T. Sheridan Brave Irishman I ii: Arra, my jewel, I’ll tell you the whole story.
[UK]H. Brooke Fool of Quality II 150: Says Mrs. Snarle to her Mate, in a languid soft Voice, my Dear, and my Jewel, ’tis all along of you that I am thus haunted.
[UK]New Brooms! I: Oh, you’re welcome as the flowers in May, my jewel.
[US]Adventures of Jonathan Corncob 71: ‘Fie! fie! my jewel,’ said he.
[Ire] in J.E. Walsh Ireland Ninety Years Ago (1885) 82: When the wretched Jemmy O’Brien was about to be executed, he exhibited the greatest terror, and lingered over his devotions, to protract his life thus for a few moments. Galvin [the executioner] [...] called out at the door [...] ‘Mr. O’Brien, jewel, long life to you, make haste wid your prayers; de people is getting tired under de swingswong.’.
[UK]G. Colman Yngr John Bull III ii: Eat and drink, my jewel.
[UK] ‘Captain Mulligan’ in Wellington’s Laurels 4: O, you jewel!
[Ire]‘A Real Paddy’ Real Life in Ireland 11: Och, Phelim O’Shambles! och, Phelim, my jewel!
[UK]Devizes & Wilts Gaz. 25 Dec. 4/1: Long life to you jewel (says I).
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 3 Feb. 111: What the devil is the matter wid yer, me jewel?
[US]D. Corcoran Pickings from N.O. Picayune (1847) 32: Biddy, Biddy, jewel, be aisy.
[UK]Huddersfield Chron. 2 Aug. 3/3: So, says I, captain jewel, I wish we had a gridiron.
[US] ‘Paddy’s Rambles’ in Donnybrook-Fair Comic Songster 13: I don’t want your quarters, my jewel.
[US] ‘Going to Vote for Greeley’ in Farmer of Chappaqua Songster 23: I’m going to vote for Greeley, / He’s the jewel, dear, for me!
[US]R.C. Hartranft Journal of Solomon Sidesplitter 17: ‘Can we have no sixpences, my jewel,’ said Pat.
[UK]Marvel XV:367 Nov. 1: Let me hold it a minute [...] do, there’s a jewel!
[Ire]J. Guinan Soggarth Aroon 81: Sure it was to be, Father jewel!
[Ire]L. Mackay Mourne Folk 19: Nothin’ at all, me jewel.
[US] (ref. to late 19C) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 251: He was a real Southern jewel.
[Ire]B. Behan Quare Fellow (1960) Act I: Him and this other jewel here.

In compounds

jewel box (n.)

1. the vagina.

[US]K. Brasselle Cannibals 150: Chili once told me that having sex with this noodle was like getting warm farina poured into her little jewel box.

2. (US gay) the scrotum.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 26: the scrotum [...] jewel box (fr relationship with sl family jewels = testicles).