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Common Jewelry Definitions
Amethyst: A common form of quartz. Amethyst is usually purple, but can range in color from pale
lavender to a very deep, reddish purple and may have milky white or green inclusions. Deeper-colored
amethysts are more highly valued. The name comes from the Greek for "not drunken" as wearing
amethyst was believed to be a proof against becoming intoxicated. The amethyst is said to bring good
luck and to radiate love. Amethyst is the birthstone for February. Some variants are Cape amethyst
Aquamarine: A member of the beryl family, like emeralds. Aquamarine is transparent blue or sea-
green. The name comes from a Latin phrase meaning "water of the sea." Aquamarine is found all over
the world, including Brazil, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Madagascar. It was thought to
bring its wearers knowledge, foresight and inspiration.
Baguette: A gemstone cut in a narrow rectangular shape reminiscent of a loaf of French bread, from
which it draws its name. Small diamonds cut this way are often used as accents for rings and
Blue Topaz: A topaz that is light brown or colorless when mined but turns a vivid blue when exposed
to heat. Blue Topaz is an alternate birthstone for December.
Box Chain: A chain in which each link is wide and square so that it resembles a box.
Bridal set: An engagement and wedding ring that come in a set and usually match or compliment
Choker: A close fitting necklace worn tight around the neck like a collar.
Citrine: Named after the French word for lemon, "citron". Citrine is often incorrectly called quartz
topaz or citrine topaz. A variety of quartz, citrine is found in light yellow, amber-brown, and a brilliant
orange that may be confused with fine imperial topaz. Most citrine comes from South America. In
ancient times, citrine was revered as a gift of the sun and believed to be a powerful antidote to a
viper's venom. Citrine is the birthstone for November.
Clip-back Earring: A hing