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Earring Clasps

Is a part of an earring that holds the jewel attached to the ear lobe. There are multiple types of clasps used in jewellery such as posts and findings, stabilizer guards, hooks and hinged earring clasps.

 

Earring Clasps

Earring Finding

This part refers to the piece that secures the body of the ornament to the ear, it is the link device. It is often shaped like a hook but can be any design or mechanism..

Earring Finding

Earring Jacket

Is an accessory for a stud earring, it has a hole in it that is inserted through the post to give the item a whole new look. It can be decorated with precious stones such as diamonds and it can be worn with different post earrings.

Earring Jacket

Earring Post

Are metal pieces that fixate the stud earrings onto the lobe thus making them look like the front decorative piece is floating on the ear. The earring posts penetrate through the ear lobe and fixate themselves onto the earring jacket.

Earring Post

Earrings

An earring is an ornament designed for the ear that is usually attached to the lobe but can also sit higher up. They can be made from virtually any material but the most common are made from precious metals.

 

Earrings

Electroplating

Electroplating is a process in which a metal object is dissolved onto the surface of another metal, using electrical energy. The purpose of this process is to change the properties of an item’s surface and in the case of jewellery this is usually for aesthetics but can also be to resist tarnishing.

Electroplating

Emerald

An emerald is a rare and precious gemstone that is semi transparent and has a bright green colour. They have been mined for over 3000 years and are one of the classic big 4 gem stones of the world.

Emerald

Emerald Cut Diamond

An emerald cut diamond has a rectangular shape with each corner cut off, the layers step up much like a raw pyramid . This rectangular faceted design is usually chosen for cutting or representing an emerald.

Emerald Cut Diamond

Enamel

Enamel is a glass-like substance transparent and glossy often applied to the surface of ornaments as a protective and enhancing element. Enamel is obtained by fusing powdered glass at very high temperatures and it has been used in the decorative arts since ancient times.

Enamel

Engagement Ring

An engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of never-ending love, fidelity and devotion. It is a symbol of betrothal, indicating that a woman is bound to be married and is traditionally worn on the left hand on the third finger because of the vein that runs directly to the heart. After marriage, the engagement ring is worn in front of the wedding finger.

Engagement Ring

Engrave

Engraving is a process in which a shape, a text or a design is cut or carved into a hard surface. This is very common in personalised jewellery where a name or initial is written onto a tag, bracelet or even a ring face,

Engrave

Eternity Ring

An eternity ring is a very special accessory that is usually offered as a gift on an anniversary to declare ones true and eternal love. The design consists of a band decorated with small gemstones of the same shape and size set in a continuous line all the way around. For comfort some ladies prefer the row of stones to just cover the top half of the band, this is known as a "half eternity".

Eternity Ring

European Cut

The European cut is a classic design employed for shaping a diamond with large multiple facets, it became less popular when technology allowed for better designs that had more facets and gave much better brilliance.

European Cut