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Jewelry Glossary with Photos: E

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EBONITE:  A hard, black rubber material; synonym of VULCANITE

EDWARDIAN:  Roughly the first decade of the 20th century; jewelry is elegant and elaborate. Named after Edward VII, the Edwardian period followed the Victorian era.

ELECTROPLATING:  Casting metal over an object of another material

EMAIL:  French term translates to enamel

EMBOSSED:  Surface decoration where the design is slightly raised


ENAMEL:  Generic term for a glassy substance of powdered, poured glass, fused on metal. Types of enamel include CLOISONNE, CHAMPLEVE, GUILLOCHE, and PLIQUE A JOUR



ENGRAVED:  Method of decoration in which a design is produced in metal using a sharp tool



EN TREMBLANT:  French term for trembing or moving jewelry such as insect pin with fluttering wings; usually created with hidden springs; also called Nodder and Bobbler


ETCHED:  Process of creating design by using acids


ETRUSCAN:  Jewelry characterized by intricate designs of filigree and granulation


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  • Hi Laurie,
    I so appreciate you taking on this jewelry-specific glossary. I look at each letter as you present them. The examples you show are spot-on and fine examples that aid in understanding each term. Your knowledge is vast! Thank you so much for adding another tool to the beloved hobby of many of us!

    Mssy Overby on

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