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Glossary

A directory of charm-related words you may wish to know the meaning of...

Art Deco
 Recognised by geometric shapes and angles, and originating in Paris, France, this style was popular from the mid 1910s up until the mid 1930s.

Guilloche Enamel Although frequently associated with enamel, guilloché itself is not enamel, it refers to the pattern beneath. Pronounced “gee-o-shay”, the word originated in France and means ‘engine turning’. Fine, uniform patterns are etched into the surface of a metal object, such as jewellery, compact cases, mirrors etc, by machine and the effect of translucent colour enamel applied over this often yields exquisite results. Guilloché enamel jewellery was at the height of popularity during Victorian and Edwardian times and endured right through to the 50s. There are far fewer jewellers these days using this technique, which is why it is such a thrill to find antique and vintage guilloché enamel pieces.

Opal Triplet
A triplet refers to there being three layers present. In the case of a triplet opal, the back is a black material onto which a sliver of natural black opal is placed, then finished with a clear resin top. The three pieces are secured together with an adhesive and, as such, should not be exposed to moisture for too long.

Puffed Hollow inside.

Rhodium Plated Rhodium electroplating is used to create a protective, reflective shiny surface on charms and jewellery which will prevent scratching and tarnishing. Rhodium is a part of the platinum precious metal group. Used less frequently these days, in charm making it was at the height of popularity during the 1950s-1970s.

Sterling Silver is created by combining 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metal, usually copper. Fine silver (99.9% pure) is generally too soft for producing jewellery. Sterling silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength whilst preserving the ductility of the silver and a high precious metal content.