Glossary of Jewellery Terms, Part 1, A~E

Have you ever read a jewellery description and wondered what all those terms meant? Alloy, Art Deco, Bezel, Carat ...? The first part of our glossary will put you in the know! We've picked some of the terms you're likely to find on this site, but if we've missed any let us know in the comments.

Word Board with Tiles Spelling out Glossary and Jewellery Terms

Akoya Pearl

Akoya pearls are cultured saltwater pearls farmed in the waters of Japan. Akoya pearls generally grow to no bigger than 9mm and are prized for their near perfect roundness and quality lustre.

Akoya Pearls

Akoya Pearls (Attribution: By MASAYUKI KATO - MASAYUKI KATO's file, CC 表示-継承 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15010784)

Alloy An alloy is a blend of metals of different properties to form one metal that has all the required properties. In jewellery alloys are commonly produced to form an affordable base metal that is workable, durable, and replicates the qualities of the more expensive fine metals like gold and platinum. You can learn more about alloys in our blog, What Metal Is That? Antique An antique is a collectible item that has reached the age of 100 years or more. At the time of writing, anything manufactured before 1917 is antique! Antiqued A finish applied to jewellery to give the appearance of age. (See our blog, About Platings, Your J