Jewelry Definition – Superfit Shanks

Superfit shanks open completely, enabling the ring to easily slip on and off nearly any size finger with enlarged knuckles.  A virtually invisible push-button mechanism activates the mechanism.  The Super Fit is appropriate for knuckle-to-finger differentials of over three sizes.

Jewelry Definition – Solder and Soldering

Soldering is the process of joining two pieces of heated metal together with a similar metal, called solder. There is an art to seamlessly soldering two pieces of gold together so that you can’t tell any work was ever done.  

French Clip Back – Jewelry Definition

A French clip is a type of earring backing in which an open, wire clip fits over a post and against the earlobe. French clip backed earrings normally prevent the ear from bending downward at an unflattering angle. See: Earlobe droop.  

Filigree Head – Jewelry Definition

  Filigree is a delicate, intricate, and lace-like artistic design element used in gold, platinum and silver jewelry. Filigree creates openness and lightness in pieces.

Cubic Zirconia (CZ) – Jewelry Definition

Cubic Zirconia is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. CZ is meant to look like precious gems but possess none of the hardness or durability of the real thing.  They wear quickly and become dull and are not suitable for rings worn on a daily basis. Calla Gold’s Professional Opinion on Cubic Zirconia CZ’s are…

Crown – Jewelry Definition

The crown on a ring is the top portion displaying most of the design elements. The upper faceted part of a gemstone, above the mid-line or girdle is also called the crown. Example: When designing a ring I’d say, “would you like some filigree detail in the area under the crown?”