Terms beginning with the letter R  – Vintage Jewellery A-Z

Reverse Crystal – see Intaglio


Imitation diamond or coloured gemstone made from glass crystal. Popular in costume jewellery from the 1920s to nowadays.


The Victorians used ribbons to hang large pendants and lockets from – softer and lighter weight than a chain. Also, they could be black to suit the mourning fashions of the time.


Finger ornament which goes all the way around the finger. These have been worn since ancient times and are still very popular today. Usually made of gold, silver or platinum and set with decorative stones.



A necklace which is made of graduated gemstones of the same type and colour. The very best ones are made of diamonds.

QuartzRock Crystal

Colourless quartz, highly polished to use in jewellery. Quite large pieces can be found


Highly decorative style of ornament first popular in the 1730s. Lots of asymmetrical flowers and shells.

Rolled Gold

A layer of gold fused onto a base metal usually considered to be superior quality to gold plating.


Usually, items we see today follow the style of Roman jewellery, however, originals are still to be found. These are normally so worn that they are more of a curio than wearable today.

Rope Chain

A chain made so that it looks like a rope.


A string of beads used in prayer.

Rose Gold

A pinky colour gold which was very popular in the early 1900s. The pink colour is achieved by the addition of copper to the metal mixture. Antique pieces are now most sought after.

Rose Cut

A way of cutting a diamond so that the facets rise to a point and the stone looks a bit like a rose bud. Not so common new these days but popular 100 years ago and now most sought after.

Rose Quartz

A form of quartz with a nice pink colour. Usually polished into cabochons and popular set into silver jewellery.


A red gemstone second in hardness only to a diamond. The darker the red the more precious the stone. Paler examples are known as pink sapphires.







Much quality craftsman jewellery has been produced in Russia. Particularly enamel work including niello. Carl Faberge is one one the most famous Russian jewellers.