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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.

 

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