Part  K , A-Z of  Vintage Jewellery


This is the shortest so far, K is not a popular starting letter for jewellery terms.

Keeper, A keeper keeps a piece of jewellery in place. The butterfly backs on your earrings are and example of keepers. Others are the clutches we place on the base of stick or lapel pins to ” Keep them in place”.  Keepers tend to become parted fro their jewels and are often difficult to replace. I suggest that you take particular care not to loose them and if you are lucky enough to find any spare ones then hang on to them – I do.

keeper to KunziteKey, 
Keys, when used in jewellery, tends to be very small, they are normally made of silver or gold. Occasionally we find charm bracelet padlocks which use a real key. These are very rare and most sought after. Watch keys can also be most decorative, they occasionally come in fancy shapes. I have seen them as guns, crosses, diamond shapes and little animals. These are usually from the Victorian or Edwardian eras and are very, very collectable.

Koh-I-Noor . This stands for “Mountain of Light” and is the name of a famous diamond which can be traced back to at least the 1200s, eventually it was given to Queen Victoria. At one time it was at least 186 carats but it has been re-cut in the Victorian era and is now about 108 carats in size.  It is currently part of the Queens Jewels being set into a crown.

A lilac pink coloured gemstone named after the Gemmologist who first write about it is the very early 1900s. It changes colour depending on which direction you look at it from so the way that it is cut is important to show it off at its best.