After years of collecting and researching vintage jewelry, I have come to realize that some of the terms used in collected are not always wide spread. If your a vintage jewelry lover and/or new to collecting, you might want to brush up on some of the lingo that will aid in your search, whether online or off. Here is a short list of just a few vintage jewelry terms you should know:
Demi Parure - A matching set of jewelry usually consisting of matching earrings, necklace and bracelet. If you have a full set it is just known as a parure. "Demi" is not exactly a full set, but close.
Fruit Salad - Refers to a colorful grouping of rhinestones that resemble various "fruit" colors.
Jelly Belly - A pin or brooch that is usually an animal figure or person where their stomach is represented by a colorful round cabochon. Very kitschy if you ask me.
Root Beer - A dark brown rhinestone that resembles the color of root beer, easy enough.
Verdigris - A green parasitic patina that forms on vintage jewelry after years of exposure to air and moisture.
Cabochon - A round oval stone (sometimes made from glass or plastics) that is slightly domed with a flat back. It is typically polished by not cut into facets like a rhinestone.
Cameo - A large or sometimes small cabochon with a raised outline of a persons face, very Victorian.
Watermelon - A type of rhinestone that reflects a rainbow of colors with highlights on green and red.Juliana - A highly collectible line of jewelry designed by Delizza and Elster that can only be recognized by certain markers. For more information see here.
Aurora Borealis - A special treatment put on clear rhinestones to create an iridescent look. It comes in all different color variations and ranges from beads to rhinestones.
Clamper - Typically a large style of bracelet that opens on a hinge and clamps down around your wrist. One of my favorite, larger than life styles comes from the designer Weiss.