A glossary of ethnic jewellery terms

Damascene

Damascening is the inlaying of a soft metal (like silver or copper) into a hard metal (like steel). The name comes from the city of Damascus, where this process was first used.Continue Reading

Delft Jewellery

Jewelry made from Delft faience (tin-glazed earthenware) is usually set in silver, often with delicate filigree work and granulation. The classic hand-painted blue-on-white pottery often depicts windmills, flowers, and Dutch landscapes. Delftware jewelry includes necklaces, pendants, earrings, pins, bracelets, rings, charms, and cufflinks. Delft pottery has been in production in Holland since the middle 1600s,…Continue Reading

Diadem

A diadem is a type of crown, specifically an ornamental headband worn by Eastern monarchs and others as a badge of royalty. The word derives from the Greek διάδημα diádēma, “band” or “fillet”, from διαδέω diadéō, “I bind round”, or “I fasten”.Continue Reading

Diamond

Diamonds are precious, lustrous gemstones made of highly-compressed carbon. Diamonds are one of the hardest materials known. Diamonds have a hardness of 10, a specific gravity of 3.5, and a refractive index of 2.417 – 2.419. Colors of diamonds range from colorless, yellow, orange, brown, to almost black. Rarer colors are red, blue, green, and…Continue Reading

Drawn Bead

Drawn beads are cut from a long, straw-like tube of glass (the tube is made by drawing a hot mass of glass fresh from the furnace). The sharp-edged cut beads are often tumbled and reheated to give them rounded edges.Continue Reading