Jewelry Part VII - Jewelry Terms of Miscellany


BRG Primers 101 | PUBLISHED 02.02.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
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PART VII

BRING ON THE BLINGOLOGY
(Jewelry Terms of Miscellany)

Here are a few terms that don't necessarily fall into previous categories (gemology, metallurgy, etc.), but are important to know -- so we're calling this latest installment "terms of miscellany."

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Chain Tag:

a flat piece of metal where the quality mark or trademark may be stamped or engraved.

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Enamel:

an semi-transparent or opaque glass or substance applied to a metal surface; usually for protective or ornamental purposes.

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Champlevé:

a technique of enameling a design where hollows (lines or cells) are cut into the surface of a metal base and filled with colored enamel (pronounced shah-leh-vay).

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Cloisonné:

an ancient technique of decorative enameling in which colored enamel, glass, or gemstones are separated by strips of flattened wire outlining a design on a metal base (pronounced cloy-zon-aye).

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Guilloché:

a technique of filling engraved geometric patterns on metal bases with a translucent enamel layer. (pronounced gee-oh-shay).

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Plique-à-jour:

a technique of enameling where the design is outlined with metal and filled-in with colored enamels, without any backing creating a stained glass window effect (pronounced pleek-ah-zhoor).

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Filigree:

a lace-like ornamental work formed from intricately-arranged thin wires of precious metal.

Hypo-Allergenic:

jewelry which cause fewer allergic reactions; may include metals such as stainless steel, titanium, gold, etc.

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Milgrain:

a jewelry detail technique of jewelry where the edge of a piece is shaped with fine metal beading to create an ornate border (also millgrain or milgraine).

Well, we're almost wrapped up on this in-depth primer on all the things that bling -- jewelry. Our final section will deal with jewelry care, storage, and cleaning. Stay tuned!


Next time ...

Jewelry Part VIII: Jewelry Cleaning, Care, & Storage


If you would like to learn more about your own jewelry (valuation, whether it's real or fake, etc.), send us an email. Someone from our expert jewelry team will be happy to help you.

If you missed any of the blogs in this series, links to each appear below:

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I

Jewelry Word Power

II

Processing Jewelry in the Lab

III

Jewelry Through the Ages

IV

Types of Jewelry

V

Jewely & Gems

VI

Jewelry
&
Metals

VII

Misc. Jewelry Terms

VIII

Proper Care, Cleaning, & Storage

Keywords: chain tag, enamel, champlevé, cloisonné, guilloché, plique-à-jour, filigree, hypo allergenic, milgrain, jewelry, gemology, metallurgy, millgrain, milgraine

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