Nacre to Nuvo. Part N of the Vintage Jewellery A-Z


Nacre The pretty part of a pearl, the substance laid down by the oyster which makes pearls pretty and lines the inside of shells.

Name Name jewellery has been popular at various times in history particularly at the end of the Victorian era in the the early 1900s. We regularly see brooches with names which were popular at the time such as Polly or Elsie. In the later 1900s necklaces with names were quite popular.

Nautical Jewellery with a sailing or boating theme is fun. look for anchors especially Victorian anchor brooches and necklaces. You can also find capstans and boats of all shapes and sizes from sailing boats, charms in the shape of famous ocean liners and narrow boats.

Navajo Jewellery made by the native America Indian tribe the Navajo. This is after the Mexican tradition and is normally silver with turquoise set in to it. Colourful brooches and bracelets.

Navette Another name for the Marquise shape an elongated oval with pointy ends.

NecklaceNecklace / Necklet  Jewellery worn round the neck. A general term for various neck ornaments of differing lengths and material. A necklet tends to be shorter and simpler than a necklace.

Needle You find inclusions in gemstones which look like needles . They are all at angles to each other and give an interesting light effect to the gemstone. Normally seen in quartzes

Negligee A very long string of beads, pearls or a chain which usually has a tassel at each end. It hangs over both shoulders as a long necklace but does not join at the two ends. Not   very popular these days.

Nephrite The less popular of the two stones which make up Jade . Has a range of colours from a pale greyish to celadon

New Zealand Greenstone Dark green jade found in New Zealand.

Niello Black decoration on silver, a type of enamel. See in Thai jewellery also Russian and on chains made in Europe in the earlier 1900s.

Nuvo The highly regarded maker of English charms in the 1950s to 1970s . A huge variety are available usually in silver but also some gold. The only way of proving a charm was made by Nuvo is to find the makers markings on it.