A glossary of ethnic jewellery terms


The Wodaabe (Fula: Woɗaaɓe) or Bororo are a small subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group. They are traditionally nomadic cattle-herders and traders in the Sahel, with migrations stretching from southern Niger, through northern Nigeria, northeastern Cameroon, and the western region of the Central African Republic. They are known for their beauty (both men and women),…Continue Reading

White gold

White gold is gold that has been alloyed with a mix of nickel, zinc, copper, tin, and manganese (and sometimes pallladium). White gold was originally developed to imitate platinum during World War II (during this time in the US, platinum was considered a strategic material and its use was prohibited for most non-military applications, like…Continue Reading


Welding is a process that joins two pieces of metal using very high heat. Rolled gold is formed in this fashion.Continue Reading

Wedding cake bead

Wedding cake beads are lampworked glass beads that are decorated with intricate, colorful glass overlays, often of roses and decorative swirls and dots. This type of bead was originally made in Murano, Italy. image from foxfirevintagejewelryContinue Reading