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Jewelry Glossary with Photos: M

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MABE PEARL:  Cultured or man-made pearl in a hemispheric shape


MALACHITE: Bright green mineral / stone which takes a high polish


MALTESE CROSS:  A cross with arms of equal length which broaden toward the outside 


MARCASITE:  Metallic, sparkling PYRITE stone; also called CUT STEEL


MATCH SAFE:  Small box; often ornate; used to hold match sticks

MATTE FINISH:  Dull, non-reflective surafce


MEMORY WIRE:  Wire that reverts to original shape after stretching


METALES CASADOS:  Married or mixed metals; frequently seen in Mexican jewelry


MEXICAN JADE:  Usually calcite or other minerals dyed green to resemble JADE

MICROMOSAIC:  Use of very small, fine pieces applied as a MOSAIC design with little or no space between pieces

MILLEFIORI:  Italian word translates to "thousand flowers," glass that is formed from multiple colored canes that are fused together and then cut crosswise


MINE CUT:  A stone cut with higher crown and depth compared to modern gemstone cuts

MIZPAH:  An emotional bond between two people who are separated. The motif often includes the Biblical passage: "May the Lord watch between you when you are absent one from the other." Genesis 31:49


MODERNIST:  A departure from the traditional; incorporates abstraction and impressionism


MOONGLOW: Usually LUCITE or plastic, the stones have a shimmer resembling the shine of the moon


MOONSTONE:  Member of the Felspar family; mostly commonly seen in pale blue


MOSAIC:  Jewelry and souvenirs made by piecing together small pieces of glass or stone; pieces are often crudely shaped and show space between them


MOSS AGATE:  From the AGATE family; it has mineral inclusions which give the suggestion of moss inside the stone

MOTHER-OF-PEARL:  Iridescent inside shell of some mollusks; see NACRE, ABALONE


MOURNING JEWELRY:  Jewelry, almost always black, indicating the wearer is in mourning


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