Today here is the third blog on the glossary. This time for the letter C
Cabochon - smooth stone not faceted, can be round, oval, square, etc
- A brownish/yellow variety of the smoky quartz, much favored in Scottish fine and costume jewellery
Cameo - Any stone carved in relief in any material
Chalcedony - A blue quartz
- Enamel work on a metal piece, where an engraving tool has been used to engrave cuts/spaces that allow the enamel paste to lie.
- A brooch or clasp from which hangs short chains that have keys, scissors, watch, trinkets, another brooch
- The central ornament of a ring
- Light green quartz, often used in the vintage seventies costume jewellery instead of jade.
Cinnabar - very soft and poisonous mercury sulphide with a rich red colour
- Quartz, combines the bright clarity of quartz with the warm tones of sunlight
Cloisonne - Enamel work in which applied fillets/borders of metal separate the enamels
Cocktail rings - A name given to heavy elaborate rings of an unusual design in about 1925, thought suitable to wear at cocktail or dinner parties
Collier - A wide necklet which encircles the neck from throat to chin
Cornelian - A clear red chalcedony or more orange in colour with some banding. Also known as carnelian
Coral - Formed from the skeletal remains of small sea animals and polyps.Red, black, golden and blue colours
Costume jewellery - Ornaments made of non precious metal made for the prevailing dress fashion of that time
Creole - A hoop on an earring where the metal is thicker at the bottom than the top
Crystal - Mineral, can also refer to some cut glass with a higher content of lead
Cubic Zircon - similar to diamonds in look but heavier.
Curb - The most common pattern for chain bracelets