Palladium to Pyrite

All things vintage jewellery related starting with the letter P – part of AntiqueAvenue’s  A-Z


One of the Platinum metals , see below


Several pieces of matching jewellery created to be worn together. This could be necklace, brooch, earrings, bracelet which is a full Paure or nowadays called a full set of jewellery. Two or more pieces can be known as a demi-parure.


Please see my full article on Paste jewellery.


Patina is the surface effect acquired as an object ages. It may be copper going a little greenish or silver going darker. With vintage jewellery it is up to the owner how shiny they like their pieces. Silver can be left dark or polished up like new as you wish.


Lots of little stones which are set so that they cover the entire surface of the jewellery. Gives lots of sparkle and colour.

Pear Shaped

The shape of a Pendeloque gem – see below


Here is my full article on the different types of pearl


Pebble jewellery is made of polished hardstones , it is particularly popular in Celtic jewellery. The pebbles are often polished granites and quartzes in different varieties and colours. Scottish pebble jewellery from the Victorian era is quite collectable these days.


Penannular means not quite the complete circle, it is normally a brooch but occasionally a pendant which has this shape. There is a gap in the circle which is used to pass a pin through to keep the jewel in place. The largest penannular brooches were used as cloak pins.


A piece of jewellery hung on a chain round your neck. Types of pendants include Lavaliers and Lockets but really the term applies to anything you choose to put on the chain.


Gemstones cut into pear shaped so that one end is pointy and the other is fat. These pieces can be set into all forms of jewellery – rings, earrings and pendants are particularly popular. Its nice to see pendeloque gems set so that the metal protects the very point.


An attractive olive green gemstone which is quite popular in jewellery . It is paler in colour than emeralds and is the birthstone for August. This stone goes well with gold


A dull grey metal with a flat matt appearance. Was used in arts and crafts jewellery to show off colourful ceramic pebbles. Also popular in craft jewellery of the 1970s.

Pietra Dura

Hardstones cut and carved to make up a picture often flowers. The pieces are larger and shaped compared to micromosaics and they are polished so the jewellery has a flat surface. Popular in Victorian mourning jewellery.


The name for a small brooch originally used to pin or hold clothing together. Tiny lace pins were popular in the Georgian era. A jabot pin is used to hold a cravat .


Imitation gold popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras. Not found in newer jewellery and genuine examples are quite sought after.


Popular to create colourful costume jewellery. The earliest plastics were in the Victorian era and tend to be a brown black colour used in memorial pieces. Celuliod jewellery seems to originate in the Edwardian and Art Nouveau times. Bakelite and Lucite are other forms of plastic used in jewellery.


A silvery grey metal which is quite heavy. It is actually the collective term for a number of similar metals. It is more expensive than gold and quite hard wearing. It was not popular much before 1900 as it requires a high temperature to work . Before 1975 platinum was not hallmarked and can be difficult to identify without testing.


The term in jewellery is applied both to metals and gems. The precious metals are platinum, silver and gold. Precious gems are diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and pearls. Other gems can be known as semi-prescious


Designer from the Victorian era who amongst other things was responsible for the inside decoration of the Houses of Parliament. He was one of the main designers of the Victorian Gothic movement , or high church style which still influences us today.


A piece of jewellery which can be taken apart and then is difficult to put back together as the individual pieces have to be arranged in a specific order. were often said to be love rings or wedding rings. The wearer could not take them off and put back on without great difficulty and therefore it was more difficult for them to deceive their spouse.


Naturally occurring gemstone which is sometimes confused with marcasites. It has a more yellow colour.