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ANTIQUE Any item judged to have been made at least 100 years ago.
CABOCHON A polished, not faceted, dome shaped stone - either round or oval with a flat polished base, primarily used as a cut for phenomenal stones such as cat's eyes and stars.
In reference to gemstones, a unit of weight, abbreviated 'ct'. 1 carat is equal to 0.2 grams.
In reference to gold, a unit of purity or fineness of gold and gold alloy, expressed as a number out of 24 parts by weight, e.g. '24 carat' signifies pure gold, '18 carat' 18/24th gold in the alloy, et cetera. Also abbreviated as 'ct'.
Originally derived from the carob seed, called quirat in Arabic, a seed of naturally uniform weight.
CLOSED BACK A setting where the pavilion (bottom) of the stone is enclosed. The stone may be foil backed. Caution; do not immerse jewellery with closed back settings in any liquid. Very popular in the Georgian period.
CURB CHAIN Flattened, ovoid oval chain links.
Pearls are perhaps the most ancient of gems to be revered by humankind, as they need not be cut or polished as other gemstones do. They are symbolic of purity and wealth, as throughout history they have been prized above all other gems, a status only challeneged by the diamond, and even then only afrer the late nineteenth century when diamonds became more widely available.
A calcareous concretion of calcium carbonate and organic matter secreted by a mollusc in response to an irritation. Layers of nacre and conchiolin are secreted concentrically around a centre or core in response to an irritant. Natural pearls are formed when an object such as a grain of sand gets in between the inner layer of the shell and the mantle of the oyster. Cultured pearls are produced exactly the same way except that the irritant is introduced into the oyster by human means. The beauty of pearls comes from the nacre or irridescent outer layers. The value of pearls is based on colour, lustre, translucency, texture, shape and size. Natural pearls are nacre all the way through, this makes them more durable and more lustrous than a cultured pearl. They are also extremely rare and therefore highly prized.
Moonstone, as they name might suggest, is a gemstone surrounded by a certain mystique. In India it is said to bring good dreams to the wearer, and in Arab countries it is symbolic of fertility. Moonstones are also thought by some to be a stone for lovers, as it said not only to evoke tender feelings, but to protect them. It is also thought to promote understanding and calm.
Moonstone is one of the special gems characterized by an optical phenomenon known as 'adularescence', in which light seems to hover just over the surface of the stone, giving it a bluish-white glow, like the moon.
GOLD A metallic element which is the most ductile and malleable of all metals, and impervious to corrosion, thus making it ideal for use in jewellery. Pure gold is yellow in colour. It is usually mixed with other metals, such as copper and silver, to create an alloy, such as white gold or rose gold. The unit of measurement used to express the percentage of pure gold in the alloy is the carat, for example '18 carat gold'.
CLOSED-BACK A type of gem setting technique in which the back is enclosed, usually in metal, rather than left open to allow light to pass through the gemstone.
BEAD SETTING A type of setting in which small beads of metal are placed at intervals around the perimeter of a gemstone in order to secure it to the mount.