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Glossary

This is a list of some of the terms and abbreviations used.

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Earring back

A disk or bead that fits over an earring post and holds the earring securely in place.

Eight cut

A gemstone which is faceted with 16 facets, 8 on the top and 8 on the bottom. It is primarily used for small stones.

Embossed

A mechanical process, done under considerable heat and pressure, which permanently imprints a variety of unique grain effects into the leather surface.

Emerald

Emerald is a member of the beryl species of minerals and has a vivid green hue. The color of most emeralds is caused by trace amounts of chromium in the atomic structure. Colombia has been a major source for emeralds for centuries, but emeralds have also been found in Brazil, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May and is traditionally the gemstone used for twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.

Emerald cut

A style of faceting that creates a rectangular gemstone, usually with cut corners to prevent chipping.

Enamel

Colored, opaque glassy material fused onto metal, pottery or glass.

Engraving

The process of decorating metal by etching a design into its surface.

Estate piece

Any previously-owned jewelry offered for sale again. Also describes jewelry purchases from the estate of someone who is deceased. All antique jewelry which is resold is estate jewelry, however all estate jewelry is not necessarily antique.

Extender chain

A chain which may be attached to another in order to provide a longer length.

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