So surrounded by boxes of antique and vintage jewellery, larger boxes of vintage bead and envelopes stuffed full of vintage buttons. (really do need to get some more boxes) I thought just a quick blog today!!
Glossary of antique jewellery and vintage jewellery starting at the A's
AGATE - Quartz with strata of different colours or inclusions which resembles moss or plain coloured. Named for the river Achates
AIGUILLETTE A shoulder knot usually jewelled worn by the Victorians and before on low cut dresses, one on each shoulder matching or just one shoulder similar to a larger brooch
ALBERT A fine gold chain with a bar at one end and a fitting to hold a watch at the other.
ALEXANDRITE A variety of chrysoberyl (gemstone - this name is no longer used as caused confusion, but used extensively in the Victorian period) which is green by natural and red by artificial light. Named after Alexander 11 of Russia because it first came to light on his birthday.
AMAZONITE Opaque green fieldspar (a rock forming important mineral used extensively in industry)
AMETHYST A violet quartz (thought in ancient times to protect its owner from drunkenness)
ANNEALING Softening metal by heating to remove brittleness
ARTIFICIAL QUARTZ Every natural crystal virtually has an artificial counterpart. It can be very difficult to distinguish one from the other. First manufactured in 1845 but until the 1970s was not used extensively in the jewellery industry. Includes Austrian Crystal
AVENTURINE QUARTZ Quartz with glittering flakes of mica (a mineral that has the properties that seem to glitter) inside them.
Quartz or semi precious gemstones are used in costume jewellery. It can be very hard to distinguish between glass and mock stones. Jewels and Finery invested in a gem tester to help identify the components in many pieces of antique and vintage jewellery.