B- Fashion jewellery dictionary

B- Fashion jewellery dictionary


Baguette(Bag-ette) a small, rectangular stone that is often used as an accent or border on engagement rings. Similar to an emerald cut but smaller and usually more narrow.

baguette cut

A baguette cut is a stone (usually a diamond) that has been cut into a long, rectangular shape. Baguette means “stick” or “rod” in French.


A band is a ring that is made from a thin, flat, ribbon-like strip of material (usually metal). The band can be unadorned or decorated. Wedding rings are often bands.


A rigid bracelet that is slipped over the hand or clasped in place on the wrist. They can be plain precious metal, be decorated with patterns, or be set with gemstones.

bar and ring clasp

This type of clasp has a bar which is inserted into a large ring on the other end of the necklace or bracelet. It is also known as a ‘toggle clasp’.

barrel clasp

A barrel clasp is a jewellery fastener that resembles a barrel. The two pieces of this clasp screw together. It is used to attach two other rings or links of a necklace or bracelet.


Beads are small objects, each with a hole through it for stringing. Beads are made of glass, stones, wood, plastics, seeds, and ceramics.


The metal around a stone that holds it in place.

bezel setting

(Behz-uhle) stones are set inside a tube of metal, which holds them secure without inserting metal between them. Since the metal edges fold over the stones to hold them in place, it can make stones look slightly smaller.

bib necklace

A bib necklace (also known as a collarette) is a short necklace with flowing ornaments in the front.


Each month has a particular gemstone associated with it. Each stone is thought to be lucky for the person born in that month. The birthstones are: January – Garnet, February – Amethyst, March – Aquamarine, April – Diamond, May – Emerald, June – Pearl or Moonstone, July – Ruby, August – Peridot, September – Sapphire, October – Opal, November – Topaz or Citrine, December – Turquoise or Zircon.

bling bling

Bling bling is an American slang term used to describe large, showy jewellery, especially jewellery encrusted with diamonds. The term was coined in the late 1990s by the New Orleans rappers Cash Money Millionaires.


A style of jewellery and clothing exemplified by flowing lines, natural materials, and funky details. Bright colours, layers, and casual pieces are hallmarks of the Boho style.

bolt ring

A bolt ring (also known as a spring ring) is a hollow circular metal fastening ring with a spring opening. It is used to attach two other rings or links of a necklace or bracelet. The bolt ring was invented early in the 1900’s


Bows are a common motif in jewellery.

box chain

Square metal links are connected to form a smooth, even chain. Often used for men’s jewellery.


An item of jewellery worn on the wrist. They can be of plain precious metal, decorated designs of precious metal or set with stones. Common types of bracelets are: chain-link bracelets such as curb and figaro; rope bracelets; charm bracelets; fancy-link bracelets; tennis bracelets; solid and hinged bangles and cuff.


Brass is a metal alloy containing (at least 50%) copper and zinc.

brilliant cut

This round cut is the most common and popular style of cut for diamonds, and many other gemstones. This is because it has been designed with 57 carefully proportioned facets to maximise the amount of light reflected and refracted by the gemstone.


A briolette (or drop cut) is a pear-shaped cut gemstone with triangular facets on top. This type of stone makes a nice pendant.


Bronze is a metal alloy containing (at least 60%) copper plus tin and other metals.


An ornamental piece of jewellery which has a pin back for affixing it to clothing or hats. Usually larger in scale than the ones referred to as “pins”.

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