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Jewellery Terms & Definitions
The Venetian and Murano beads are all
handmade in Murano, a small island just a 5 minute boat ride from
Venice. Each bead is individually and skilfully handcrafted using
methods passed down through the generations, because of this they
will vary minutely in size and colour from batch to batch. SkaraDesigns
Jewellery make all kinds of jewellery but the more sumptuous beads
are filled with White Gold, Sterling Silver or 24k Gold.
Process of heating then
slow cooling in order to toughen and strengthen
Suspended copper flakes
(also known as aventurina, avventurina)
shaped bead that is faceted on all sides
Venetian beads with a rich
speckling of 24k goldfoil. The goldfoil is suspended in transparent
colour when different light hits it,
surfaces ground onto beads or stones to create a more reflective
components used to connect other jewellery
components, ie, clasps and earing hooks
floral. Flowers on or inside the glass beads.
formed in a mollusk that lives in freshwater rather than salt water
Small particles of crushed or ground glass
silver with a layer of high karat gold bonded by heat and pressure
(not electroplated) over it's surface
with a small hammer to create a wavy texture
to the Karen Hill tribe in Thailand who
handcraft Sterling silver jewellery and
components (96 - 99% pure silver)
Earwires which fasten
at the back with a little loop
Special oven for beads.
Glass beads formed by placing molten glass on a
mandrel and shaping it with a torch.
Metal tube used to support molten glass as it is
formed into a bead. the mandrel creates
the hole in the bead.
Meaning a thousand flowers. These are the more
traditional venetian beads
Strips of transluscent
glass over coloured foil.
Bead shaped like a flattened ball or saucer shape.
Any stone suitable for use in jewellery
that is not a diamond, ruby, sapphire or emerald
Used to describe a technique where small flecks
of brightly coloured glass are gathered inside clear glass to add
depth to the bead.
Small beads used to accent and to separate beads
Sterling silver base (at least 92.5% pure silver)
plated with gold