Category: Dictionary of Antiques and Collectables

Jensen

Jabot to Junk

Part J of AntiquesAvenue’s A-Z of Vintage Jewellery Jabot Pin:  A double ended pin which is worn in a ruff or tie pin. Its like a stick pin but with the keeper being very decorative. The pin passes through the material twice and fastens at the front.      ...

Intaglio

Illusion to Ivory

  Illusion: An Illusion setting is when the surrounding of a gemstone is made so that it reflects the gemstone and makes it look bigger. Imitation: When one material is made specifically to look like another. For example, a paste stone or a clear diamante might imitate a diamond. Imperial...

Hair to Hyacinth

  Hair. Hair is not popular in jewellery these days except perhaps a snip inside a locket. Back in the Georgian and Victorian eras hair jewellery was very common in fact there was an entire industry built up around it . There is both hair inside lockets and also pieces...

Gallery to Gypsy

A- Z, Gallery to Gypsy Gallery As in the decorative pierced setting around the edge of a ring, it will have the claws of the stone setting at the top Garnet We normally see red garnet gemstones which are a deep blood red in colour.  These were popular when set...

Faberge to Fur

 Faberge to Fur A-Z Jewellery Faberge Famous Russian jewellery working later 1800s to early 1900s. Superb enamelling. Produced the famous Easter Eggs for the Russian Tsar. Face The front of a faceted gemstone Facet The small sides of a cut gemstone Faience Pottery covered with a tin glaze and often...

Emerald Jewellery

Earring to Eye

Earring to Eye   Ear-ring – the Global name used for ear jewellery. There are many different types including clip-on, pendant and stud. One of the most popularly worn pieces of jewellery today. Also spelt earring. Egg shape – pendants or charms in the shape of an egg. Very popular...

Dermantoid to Dress Set

Dermantoid to Dress Set

  Dermantiod The green for of garnet often more desirable and valuable than the red form. These can vary in colour from deep green to pale olive green. Designer Designer jewellery will normally have the designer name stamped on it. Where the jewellery is from a sought after designer it...

Cinnabar

Cabochon to Cymric

Cabochon to Cymric Cabochon A stone cut which is smooth and round and domed as in a half ball but it can also be elongated in shape like a half rugby ball Cairngorm Named after the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland where it was originally found. This is a type of...

BackStamp to Byzantine

BackStamp to Byzantine

Back Stamp The marks on the back of a piece, these can include the makers initials and the hallmarks. Sometimes trade names. Many pieces are unmarked. Baccarat  French glass maker of high quality crystal glass Baguette Shape of a gemstone. A baguette is long and narrow and has a flat...

Abalone to Aurora

Abalone Shell A decorative shell from the South Seas with a wonderful range of colour in shades of blue and green. Acrostic Jewellery Where there is a row of gemstones and the initial letters spell out a word. The best known is REGARD – ruby, emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, Diamond. The acrostic...