Costume Jewelry – Jewelry Definition

Costume jewelry is low-cost jewelry made with inexpensive materials.  These materials can consist of almost anything: plastic, wood, tin, copper, enamel, glass, crystals, cloth, etc.  Gold, silver, platinum and real gemstones are, for the most part, not used. From Wikipedia: The term “costume jewelry” dates back to the early 20th century. It reflects the use…

Cocktail Ring – Jewelry Definition

A cocktail ring, also known as a cluster ring and dinner ring, is typically large and three dimensional and rises significantly off the finger.  It is usually set with many colored gems and smaller diamonds. Cocktail Ring Occasions Cocktail rings are typically worn when dressed up and out to parties.  They are not practical for everyday wear….

Clasp – Jewelry Definition

A clasp is a device used to join together the two ends of a chain, bracelets, and necklaces.  The clasp is held closed by a spring located inside the clasp.  You can usually open them by holding down a small lever.

Channel Setting Style – Jewelry Defintion

  In a channel setting, multiple gemstones are set in a row between two walls of metal, in other words, “the channel.”  The gemstones are held in place by their edges tucked inside a groove in the inside wall. Channel-set gemstones are smooth to the touch and resist catching on clothing.      

Casting – Jewelry Definition

  Casting is a process in which melted metal is poured into a mold and allowed to harden.   After a piece of jewelry is removed from the mold, it is filed, polished and, if need be, set with gemstones. Some Casting History Casting is a 6000 year old process. The oldest surviving casting is a copper…

Butterfly Spring – Jewelry Definition

A butterfly spring is a thin, flexible strip of metal soldered to the inside bottom shank of a ring.  Its purpose is to hold a ring securely on a finger and in an upright position. Purpose of Butterfly Springs Butterfly springs are useful for women whose knuckles are larger than the rest of her fingers….