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 with a painted design. Made into beads and cabochons to set into Jewellery.
Fake Imitation made to look like the real thing eg clear glass stones could be said to be diamonds. If a fake is clearly described as such there is no problem. If a fake is described as real it is against the Trade descriptions act.
Fancy Usually used to describe a non white coloured diamond but could also refer to an unusual colour of any gemstone such as a pearl
Faux Short hand for imitation , sounds a but nicer as well. I may use this as in faux pearl meaning glass pearl rather than one which has been grown inside an oyster.
Feather There is feather jewellery but the term feather can also be used to describe the detailing in a stone for example agates. Also the imperfections in a precious gemstones may look feathered.
Fifties Style of jeweller popular in the 1950s. Figural poodles and cowboys, Diamante prom necklaces, aurora borealis beads are all examples of 1950s jewellery
Figural Jewellery in the shape of a character such as a clown or a horse or the frog shown here. The opposite would be abstract jewellery.
Filigree decorative metal work with thin metal wires wound or twisted and bent into the shapes required. We see mainly silver filigree work in jewellery today but there is gold around too.
Fin-de-siècle Styles popular at the end of the 1800s. Fin-de-siècle is actually French for end of the century. Ive not hear of it used for the end of the 1900s yet.
Fineness The number of parts per thousand of gold or silver in the metal alloy. For example sterling silver has a fineness of 0.925
Findings All the tiny little bits which make up a piece of jewellery. For a example an O ring or a bail
Fire The flashed of light and seen in good diamonds
Flaw A fault inside a gemstone. Some flaws are more acceptable than others . For example a small flaw you cant see except under magnification is better than one you can see clearly. Also a flaw in an emerald is expected more than one in a diamond
Fleur-de-lis Three lobed lily shaped motif used as a decorative symbol especially in heraldic and Royal jewels.
Fob A small decorative jewel which was traditionally hung on an Albert watch chain to help locate the watch in the watch or fob pocket. They can also be hung on a neck chain, a charm bracelet or a key ring
Foil A think metal layer attached to the back of a gemstone in the Georgian era to add colour and brilliance. Also places inside glass beads from the art deco ear like those in the picture left.
Fools gold A natural stone called pyrite which can look like gold when it is in the ground
Forgery A piece of jewellery made to deceive. For example someone may forge a piece by a famous jewellery and add a copy of their signature. There is a lot of Tiffany forgeries about at the moment
Fourties Style associates with the 1940s, big bold cocktail jewellery also known as retro modern
Fracture A stress line inside a gemstone. If a very large gemstone has lots of fractures it may be cut into smaller ones which are more attractive.
French Jet A high quality deep black glass often seen as beads and strung into necklaces. A cheaper jet imitation but now becoming collectable in its own right as quite wearable.
Fringe A row of pendants or dangles hanging down. This can be on a necklace other jewellery such as a brooch.
Fur clip Brooch like clip with long prongs at the back so that they can hold into the fur.
Fur jewellery. Any jewellery made of animal fur. There were fur paws in the past through to the fur swirls of the 1960s. Note AntiquesAvenue chooses not to sell fur jewellery.