Lesson 1: Jewelry Nomenclature: Gem Settings

Step 1: Introduction to Gemology

Lesson 17

Basic Jewelry Terminology

Many people are happy referring to the clasp on a necklace as “that thingy.” A few prefer using the proper terminology. There are indeed many terms related to jewelry designs and gem settings. However, once you have a clear understanding of each part of a jewelry piece, the terminology will become second nature.

Since some parts are unique to specific types of jewelry, each type will be discussed in detail in our Jewelry Nomenclature series. First, a brief explanation of parts and pieces found in several different jewelry types is in order.

Each piece of jewelry may be cast as a single piece or assembled from separate components. Individual pieces that can be used to create jewelry are called findings. This includes clasps, bails, metal loops, and stringing material for threading beads. If you have an unfinished …

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