Glossary


It is important for us a Silver Supermarket to know that you are confident when making your purchase. We hope you find the following common terms helpful when choosing from our stunning selection of sterling silver jewellery.Silver Jewellery Glossary

1. Bezel settings: A metal rim or collar encircles and extends a little above the gemstone and stretches around the gemstones entire circumference.

2. Box chain: This necklace has cube-shaped links.

3. Box clasp: Also known as the pressure clasp, the design forms a cube-shaped closure. This is one of the more robust clasp types.

4. Cabochon: Refers to a smooth dome shaped gemstone with a flat back.

5. Cable chain: This necklace chain has round links and is the most common style of chain.

6. Channel settings: Gemstones are placed into a metal channel. The gemstones flow in a continuous row because no metal is used to separate them.

7. Clasp: A device made from metal used to fasten together two or more ends. Such as the clasp on a necklace.

8. Cluster settings: A group of smaller stones usually round or oval in shape clustered together at the focal point creating the illusion of one larger gemstone.

9. Cubic Zirconia: Is a hard man made crystalline substance. A less expensive alternative to buying a diamond.

10. Curb chain: The round or oval links of this chain have bevelled sides and lie flat along a surface.

11. Diamond cut: A finish that features multiple diamond-shaped facets cut into the metal jewellery to make it reflect light and giving it a diamond sparkle.

12. Extender: Attached to a chain to increase its length.

13. Facet: The flat surface on a gemstone used to reflect light.

14. Figaro chain: This style features a pattern of three short links followed by one long link. A very popular Italian design for men’s jewellery.

15. Lariat: A necklace that fastens at the front with a loose knot where you can adjust the length.

16. Lobster claw: A much more oval shaped fastener that would fit on to a round ring.

17. Omega chain: A necklace with a flat surface. Numerous bar-shaped links are attached to a metal strip. Much wider and more ridged than the average chain.

18. Pave settings: Lots of small stones set closely together for what looks like a continuous surface of gems.

19. Prong settings: Also referred to as a claw setting and the most popular used gemstone setting. A gem is placed into three or more metal prongs that form a claw. The ends of the prongs are bent over and hold the the gem in place.

20. Shank: also referred to as “band,” the part of the ring that actually slips onto your finger.

21. Slide: A charm that does not dangle from a loop or hook. It has a tube on back and is primarily worn on an omega chain.

22. Spring ring: Has a round tube with a knob attached to a spring, the most common type of clasp.

23. Snake chain: The links form a very smooth, round cable.

24. Toggle: This clasp features a bar that fits through a ring to connect two ends of a chain. It is decorative as well as utilitarian.