Jewelry Designs & Motifs

Amatory Pendant

Amatory Jewels

Blue and White Enamel Navette-Shaped Amatory Brooch with Seed Pearl Nosegay and Hair Compartment on Reverse c.1800.© The Trustees of ...
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Arabesque

Arabesque

An arabesque is an intricate design of interwoven flowing lines, often featuring heart-shapes, composed in a geometric pattern. Volutes, auriculars, ...
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Castellani Victorian Etruscan Revival Disk Form Earrings with Granulation and Wirework Decoration.

Archaeological Revival

Archaeological revival refers to the neo-styles of the 18th and 19th centuries inspired by the excavations and discoveries of Roman, ...
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Auricular

Auricular

An auricular is a C-shaped - ear shell like - decorative motif. Evolving around 1600, the motif was used extensively during ...
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Basket Mount

Basket Mount

A basket mount is a fancy setting for a gemstone that is pierced to give the setting a lacy or basket look.Edwardian Diamond and ...
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Russian Victorian-Style Diamond Belcher Ring.

Belcher Ring

A belcher ring has a flush setting, similar to a gypsy ring, whereby the prongs are cut into the mounting. The ...
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Bracteate

Bracteate

Bracteate A Bracteate is a thin metal pendant disc, typically made of gold and with a stamped or repoussé decoration based on ancient Roman ...
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Retro Ruby and Diamond Brick Link Buckle Motif Jewelry Suite.

Brick Link

Brick link consists of rows of abutted rectangular links, off-set every other row, resembling a brick masonry pattern. Brick links ...
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Brunnian Link

Brunnian

A brunnian link is a link made from several parts that hold together in such a way that when one ...
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Diamonds by the Yard Cable Chain Necklace.

Cable Chain

Cable Chain Detail.A cable chain is made from round interlocking links. They come in various sizes and designs and are usually solid.Alternative ...
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Georgian Garnet Cannetille Cruciform Brooch.

Cannetille

Pink Topaz & Chrysoberyl Cannetille Gold Cross c.1830. Cannetille is a close relative of filigree work. It typically features fine gold wires ...
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Victorian Locket with Central Enameled Cartouche.

Cartouche

A cartouche is a decorated frame around a central depiction. Ancient Egyptian Revival Style Pendant Necklace Featuring an Iridescent Scarab ...
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Traditional Celtic Cross Motif with Multi-Color Agates.

Celtic Cross

A Latin cross superimposed with a circle at the crossbars. Traditional Celtic Cross Motif with Multi-Color Agates ...
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Diamond Chandelier "en Pampille" Earrings.

Chandelier

Victorian Chandelier Earrings.A chandelier in jewelry means with dangling ornaments or with multiple arms. A sevigne brooch or girandole earrings are also chandelier type jewelry ...
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Antique Diamond Cipher Brooch.

Cipher

Initials, monograms, messages, and inscriptions on jewelry can all be considered ciphers. These can be intricate designs involving letters and ...
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Victorian Diamond Crescent Brooch. Circa 1895.

Crescent

Victorian Crescent Brooch.A crescent is the shape of a moon at or around the first or last quarter. Crescent moons, set ...
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Repoussé Georgian Pink Topaz and Chrysoberyl Brooch with Cuir Roulé Motifs.

Cuir Roulé

Cuir roulé (from French: cuir = leather, roulé = rolled) is a term to describe the volute shaped ornaments in jewelry from 1835 ...
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Egyptian Revival Scarab and Papyrus Design Plique-a-Jour Brooch.

Egyptian Revival Jewelry

Egyptomania is an extreme obsession for all things Egyptian and, throughout history, a passion for Egypt has been a recurring ...
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Victorian Engine Turned Locket.

Engine Turning

A Gold and Enamel Match Striker Featuring Enameled Sunburst Engine Turning. By Abram Beilin, St Petersburg, 1908-1917. Photo Courtesy of ...
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Highly Polished Retro Two Tone Gold Bracelet.

Escalier

Retro Rose and Green Gold Escalier Bracelet. An escalier (from French: "stairway") is a style from the Retro period where large, hollow, ...
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Victorian Etruscan Revival Bangle Bracelet.

Etruscan Style

main article: Etruscan jewelry Etruscan Style typically refers to 19th-century jewelry with design influences from Etrurian jewelry dating circa 7th to ...
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Belle Epoque Diamond Festoon Necklace.

Festoon

A festoon is an arrangement of flowers, fruit and/or foliage. The word comes from the latin festo ; festive, holidays. Festoons became ...
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Mid-Century Figural Brooch.

Figural

Mid-Century Figural Brooch.Figural jewelry refers to items including brooches, rings, and pendants - of figurative design, such as animals or ...
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Filigree

Filigree

Filigree is the name given jewelry designs created from very fine metal wires soldered in intricate patterns. The wires could ...
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Fleur de Lis

Fleur de Lis

A fleur de lis (or plural: fleur de lys) is a decoration in the form of a stylized lily flower ...
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Tiffany & Co. Retro Yellow Gold Fluted "Fan" Earclips.

Fluting

Fluting is a surface texture comprised of an undulating metal surface or a pattern of grooves running across a jewelry ...
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Foliate Motif Jadeite and Diamond Brooch.

Foliate

Foliate refers - as the name implies - to a method of decorating a jewelry item with leaf (foliage) designs ...
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Fringe Necklace.

Fringe

Fringe is a row or line of articulated ornaments hanging loosely from the edge of a jewelry item or garment ...
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Art Deco Tutti Frutti Earrings c.1925. Carved Rubies, Emeralds & Sapphires.

Fruit Salad

Art Deco Tutti Frutti Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Pearl, and Diamond Bracelet.Fruit salad jewelry is jewelry set with gemstones or pastes in ...
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Gadrooning

Gadrooning was a popular edging or border design used primarily on metalwork such as silverware, silver service, jewelry and woodwork ...
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Multi-Gemstone Flower Basket Pendant/Brooch, by Gioielli Stanagostino.

Gardinetto

A gardinetto or giardinetto/giardinetti (Italian) is an ornament in the form of a vase of flowers or a flower basket, ...
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Antique Diamond and Gold Gargoyle Brooch.

Gargoyle

A gargoyle is a strange looking and fantastic head or bust which was used in architecture to drain the water ...
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Natural Graduated Apple Green Jadeite Beads.

Graduated

Graduated means of increasing or decreasing size. Pearls are often strung graduating from the smallest pearls in the back to ...
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Victorian Onyx, Pearl, and Black Enamel Mourning Bracelet.

Greek Key

Greek keys are geometric meanders which were used in ancient Greece as a border decoration. When designed in a repetitive ...
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Gypsy Set Diamond Ring.

Gypsy Ring

A gypsy ring is a single stone ring with a slightly raised bezel (or not raised at all). The stone ...
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Heishi Shell, Turquoise, Coral, Jet, & Silver Necklace. Mary Coriz Lovato, Santo Doimingo Pueblo. Photo Courtesy of the Smithsonian.

Heishi

Heishi jewelry is created by Santo Domingo and San Felipe Pueblo Indians from New-Mexico in the south-west of the USA ...
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Higa

A higa is a hand amulet, depicting an ancient insult, where the thumb protrudes between the index and middle finger ...
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Jade Hololith Ring. Image Courtesy of Christie's.

Hololith Ring

A hololith ring is a ring which is cut from a single, solid mineral. Many jade and chalcedony rings are cut this way. Jade Hololith Ring.Image Courtesy ...
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Retro Bi-Color Gold Honeycomb Bracelet.

Honeycomb

The honeycomb motif became popular in the 1930's through bracelet designs by Van Cleef & Arpels. The original was named the ...
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Imperial Crown W Germany Second Half 10th Century

Horror Vacui

Horror vacui (from Latin: "fear of empty space") refers to a tendency to completely decorate the surface of jewels, watches ...
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Victorian Diamond Floral Spray Brooch.

Horticultural

Horticultural refers to the use of flowers and fruit images as a dominant decoration. It became popular from around 1620 ...
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Two Case Inro with Silver and Ceramic Inlay, c. 18th Century. Photo Courtesy of Christie's.

Inro

An inro is a small (10 x 5 x 2 cm approx.,) Japanese, compartmentalized case used carry small items. They are beautifully ...
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French, Art Deco Japanesque Mother-of-Pearl Backed Glass with Diamonds, Onyx, and Enamel.

Japanesque

Jewelry inspired by techniques used in Japan, most prominently Japanese lacquer work with contrasting colors and typical Japanese themes such as ...
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Antique Lazo Emerald Earrings, c.1800. Photo Courtesy of Bonhams.

Lazo

Lazo is the Spanish word for "bow" and, when used in jewelry, refers to a style of earring with a top, bow ...
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Double Knot Vintage Diamond Ring.

Lover’s Knot

A lovers knot was used as a design for rings, chains and other motifs from Roman times. The knots themselves ...
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Maltese Cross

Maltese Cross

A Maltese Cross is an 8-pointed cross with 2-point pairs forming v-shapes on the 4 equilateral arms of the cross ...
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Mascaron

A mascaron is a decorative face of a human or animal or mask ornament ...
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English Art Nouveau Medal Jewel.

Medallion

Bailey, Banks & Biddle "Sons of the (American) Revolution" Pendant.A medallion is a type of pendant. Usually tablet-like, they are most ...
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