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A highly polished smooth, unfaceted stone. 


A method of cutting small stones so they fit exactly in a setting.


Design cut in relief.


Fine gold or silver thread twisted into decorative patterns, often inculpating shell or floral motifs. Similar to filigree although more three dimensional. Popular in the first half of the 19th century in France. 


Almandine garnet cut as a hollowed out cabochon.


i) An oblong oval containing the names of Egyptian royalty in hieroglyphics.

ii) A small decorative plaque that allows a jewel to be suspended on a pendant 

Celtic Cross

A cross with four arms that has a circle (or nimbus) around the intersection of the horizontal and vertical.


A series of linked rings usually made of metal.


A sloped edge. A surface created at 45° between two adjoining faces which eases otherwise sharp edges. 


A technique that used to decorate metal through indentation rather than engraving.


Deriving from the French to ‘shine like a cat's eye’. Chatoyancy is an optical effect where a band of light reflects from a sense of small inclusions which are parallel to each other creating a line of light on the surface of a stone cut ‘en cabochon’.


Parisian jewellery firm founded by Etienne Nitot in the 1780s. The first recorded location for this firm was a small jewellery store in the Rue St Honoré. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the firm was gaining Napoleon I as a client, which supposedly happened after Nitot rescued the Emperor from an accident involving his carriage. In 1802 Chaumet became the French Emperor's official jeweller and went on to create bespoke pieces for both of the Emperor's weddings, the Coronation Crown and even the hilt of his sword.

The business continued to be run by Nitot family until the fall of the Empire in 1815 when it was purchased by Jean Baptiste Fossin. The Fossin family continued in the tradition of creating fine jewels for the elite in society. Amongst their important clientele included Louis-Phillippe, King of France and Princess Mathilde Bonaparte. With such a prestigious list of clients, Chaumet was expanded abroad and the Fossin's opened a boutique in London entrusted to Jean-Valentin Morel and his son Prosper Morel.

Soon their wares were celebrated by Queen Victoria and they recieved the much coveted Royal Warrant. The control of the firm continued in the hands of the Morel family. In 1889 Chaumet fell into the hands of Prosper's son-in-law Joseph Chaumet and stayed in the Chaumet family until it was sold in 1987 by Investcorp and eventually LVMH in 1999.

Through the Art Deco period Chaumet were recognised as trendsetters of the new style, showcasing at the famed 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Their use of quality gemstones and unusual designs make them a formidable and historic jewellery house.


A tube of metal fashioned and cut to use as a decorative finish, usually seen set in the cross section of open shoulders of rings and galleries.

Chi-Rho monogram

The first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ.


Decoration achieved through deep cuts.


A classic single string of graduated pearls.


An approximate date. 


A method of casting by making a wax model which is then covered in clay and baked in a kiln. The wax melts away leaving a mould of the model which can then be filled with molten metal to produce an object. 


A traditional Irish design where two hands hold a crowned heart. This symbolises friendship, loyalty and love. Traditionally claddagh rings are worn in two positions.  When the point of the heart points towards the body it means the wearer is in a relationship, and when pointed the other way it signifies that the wearer is single.


Small metal grips that hold a gemstone in place. 


A necklace that sits on the collarbone.

Court Fit

A style of ring traditionally used as a wedding band. The band is uniform all the way around with softly rounded edges. 


Cross shaped

Curb link

A style of chain where links have been twisted and flattened.