Jewelry Glossary

What is a brooch? Is there a difference between rhinestones and crystals? Is bezel really a word? Find the answers to these and more in our glossary of watch and jewelry terms below. Don’t see a jewelry word you want the definition to? Contact us.

Analog Watch DefinitionAcrylic: A clear, plastic material.


Alloy: A fusion of two or more elements where one is a metal. Used to describe the metal in a piece of jewelry.


Amethyst: A quartz gemstone that is a rich purple color. It is the February birthstone.


Analog Watch: A type of watch that displays the time using minute and hour hands.


Baguette: A small, rectangular stone often used as an accent or border in rings, particularly engagement rings.


Bangle Bracelets: Bangles are circular bracelets with no clasp or opening and are slid over the hand.


Bezel: In watches, the bezel is the ring that surrounds the watch face. In jewelry, a bezel setting is one where the stones are set in a channel or tube with metal edges folded over to keep the stones in place.


Box Chain: A chain comprised of square metal links. Common in men’s jewelry.


Briolette: A cut of stone that features triangular facets in a teardrop shape.


Brooch: A large, decorative pin.


Charm Bracelet DefinitionChandelier Earrings: Glamorous dangle earrings that feature tiers of stones.


Charm Bracelet: A bracelet featuring small dangling charms.


Chronograph: A watch with a built-in stopwatch.


Cocktail Ring: A large ring with elaborate detail that is elegant and dramatic enough to be worn to a cocktail party.


Costume Jewelry: Jewelry made from faux stones and non-precious materials.


Crown: The pin on the outside of a used to set the time and date. Also called the winding stem in merchanical watches because it winds the mainspring.


Cubic Zirconia (CZ): A manmade stone that resembles diamonds but can also be colored to resemble other stones.


Crystal: A fine, high quality component of glass that contains about 10% lead. It is exceptionally brilliant. The word crystal can also refer to the transparent cover over a watch face.


Digital Watch DefinitionCuff Bracelet: A bracelet with ends that do not close completely. Slips over the arm.


Dial: The face of a watch


Digital Watch: A watch that displays time in digits as opposed to an analog display with hour and minute hands.


Emerald Cut: A rectangular stone with cut corners.


Enamel: Glass or some other colored material that is fused to a metal surface for design.


Eternity Band: A ring with stones all the way around the band. This design symbolizes eternal love.


Facets: The flat polished surfaces of a gemstone.


Filigree: A metal design that looks like lace.


Gold Plated: Jewelry with a layer of gold on top of a base metal.


Hoop Earrings: Earrings in the shape of hoops.


Inlay: Setting stones into a channel or space so they lay flush with the surface of the metal.


Lariat: A necklace with two open ends worn in the front. One end of the chain often has a hoop through which the other end can be looped.


Lavaliere: A pendant on a long necklace (usually 24″ or longer).


Layered Necklace DefinitionLayered Necklaces: A necklace or set of necklaces with multiple chains of varied length.


Leverback: A type of earring back that features a thin lever that is snapped into place.


Magnetic Earrings: Earrings for non-pierced ears that are fastened using magnets.


Marquis Cut: A stone cut in an oval shape with pointed ends.


Mother of Pearl: A shiny material derived from the lining of shells.


Nickel Free: Because some people have allergic reactions to nickel, nickel-free is a description of gold and silver that is alloyed without nickel.


Non Pierced Earrings: Earrings for non-pierced ears – usually magnetic or clip-on earrings.


Patina: The finish of a metal’s surface. Usually refers to the look of the finish after age.


Platinum: A white, precious metal. Usually the highest quality metal in jewelry.


Quartz Movement: The internal mechanism of a watch made from quartz. Quartz crystals are very accurate.


Stopwatch: A watch with a seconds hand that can be used to measure time.


Rhinestone: A stone made of glass with a foil backing so the stone reflects light.


Rope Chain: A chain comprised of two chains twisted and looped together to resemble a rope.


Satin Finish: A matte or dull finish.


Shank: The part of a ring that wraps around your finger and where gemstones are set.


Sterling Silver DefinitionSnake Chain: A chain where round, wavy links are lined up to resemble a snake.


Solitaire: A pendant or ring with a single gemstone.


Spring Ring: One of the most common clasps on necklaces and bracelets. A clasp that features a ring which opens via a small, internal spring. Sometimes called a lobster claw when the clasp is stronger and more oblong.


Sterling Silver: 92.5% pure silver alloyed with another metal (usually copper or nickel) for strength.


Stud Earrings: Small earrings with a post backing.


Swarovski: The world leader in high quality crystal jewelry and other products.


Tennis Bracelet: A thin bracelet that features one or more rows of real or faux diamonds.


Titanium: A meta used in jewelry and watches that is strong and lighter than stainless steel. Titanium is also hypo-allergenic.


Toggle: Jewelry with a closure comprised of a bar that fits sideways into a circle. Toggle can also refer to the closure itself.