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.  

Jewelry Definition – Slide

A slide is style of pendant in which a chain or necklace slips through an open element on the back of the piece without the use of a visible bail.

Jewelry Definition – Sleeper Earrings

There is an earring I call a “sleeper” earring because you can sleep in it. It’s a lightweight small hoop. Its post hinges and snaps closed in a “v” lock. In other words you don’t need a backing on it.

Jewelry Definition – Sizing Bar

The sizing bar is a small, solid section of an eternity ring that can be cut for sizing.

Jewelry Definition – Sizing

Sizing is the process of increasing or decreasing the size of a ring. It’s as simple as that!

Ring showing where the shank is

Jewelry Definition – Shank

The shank is the part of a ring that rests underneath the finger and meets the main part of the design on top. Shanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are important factors in how rings sit on the finger.