Wax Model – Jewelry Definition

Before a ring is cast in precious metal, a wax model of it is carved. Wax models are carved by hand or by a computer-assisted 3D model making machine.      

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Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner – Jewelry Definition

An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner does exactly what its name suggests, it cleans jewelry! Jewelry is cleaned by vibrating items at a high frequency while immersed in a cleaning solution.  The high vibration dislodges dirt and grime from the jewelry.

Triangular Shank – Jewelry Definition

A triangular shank is a shank that is triangular in shape.  The purpose is to help keep a ring from spinning on the finger.

Tiffany Head – Jewelry Definition

The Tiffany head was designed by Louis Tiffany (yes, that Tiffany).  At the time Tiffany developed the Tiffany head, other jewelers were surrounding diamonds with more metal to hold the gem in place. Often, the diamond became overwhelmed by the boxed in type settings.  

Tapered Head – Jewelry Definition

On a tapered head the prongs taper downward and inward, following the contour of the gemstone. Often the gemstone is set higher and seen from above, appears to float. The tapered head gives the ring a feeling of lightness and femininity.  

Jewelry Definition – Synthetic Gems

Synthetic gems have all the chemical and physical properties of natural ones but are created in a laboratory. This is not to be confused with simulated gemstones, which only mimic the visual look of real gemstones.