Jewelry Tools

Aqua Regia

Aqua Regia translates from the Latin as "royal water." It is a combination of hydrochloric acid and nitric acids that ...
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Blow Pipe

Blow Pipe

 A blow pipe is a simple device consisting of a simple to complex tube. Air is forced through the tube ...
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Carborundum

Carborundum is another name for silicon carbide made from a combination of carbon and sand that is heated in a ...
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Chasing

Chasing

Chasing is a process whereby the front surface of a metal object is decorated by indenting the metal without cutting or engraving the ...
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Die Struck 14k White Gold Bracelet, c.1930s.

Die Struck – Stamping

A stamping die is used to cut shapes from a sheet of metal. A sharp-edged die is placed on the metal ...
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Front and Back of a Drawplate.

Drawplate

A drawplate is a sheet of metal with graduated holes through which wire is pulled to reduce its circumference and ...
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A Master Engraver uses Gravers to Decorate the Movement on a Swiss Watch.

Engraved

EngravedAn engraved jewelry item is one in which a design is cut, by hand, into the surface by the use ...
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Borax

Flux

Literally meaning "flow", a flux is a liquid in which some solid substances melt at a lower temperature than their ...
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Fusee

Fusee

A fusee is a conical spindel used to keep the tension of the driving mechanism in verge watches equal. Woodcut ...
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A Rolling Mill Featuring Combination Rolls to Make Gold Wire.

Gold Wire

One of the most basic and most versatile facets of goldsmithing, wire lays at the very foundation of jewelry as ...
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Goldsmith

Goldsmith

A goldsmith works primarily with gold making jewelry and other objects using techniques such as soldering, casting, polishing, and engraving. Traditionally goldsmiths also fabricated objet ...
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Graver

A graver is a cutting tool used to engrave metal. Gravers are typically made of tempered steel, sharpened on one ...
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Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Sapphire Ring with a Hammered Finish.

Hammered Finish

A hammered finish is an all over decorative treatment used on metal that is created by repeated blows of a small hammer ...
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Laser

Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A powerful, coherent, straight-line beam of light, very ...
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An Example of a Modern Lathe.

Lathe

A lathe is a machine for shaping, turning, polishing, grinding, milling and drilling a jewelry piece. An Example of a ...
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Mandrel

A mandrel is a rod or arbor which is passed through a hole in a tool (such as a polishing ...
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Metalsmith

A metalsmith is a person who creates things using metal. Historically "smiths" were people who forged metal. Today a "smith" ...
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Millegrain

Millegrain

Millegraining is an extremely tiny beaded detail that finishes an edge on a piece of jewelry. The detail is applied ...
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Georgian Repoussé Garnet Earrings c.1830.

Repoussé

Repoussé is a decorative technique whereby three-dimensional relief designs are formed by raising the metal from the reverse. This is accomplished ...
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A Rolling Mill Featuring Combination Rolls to Make Gold Wire.

Rolling Mill

A rolling mill is a tool comprised of a pair of hardened steel rollers that turn together on gears within ...
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Arts & Crafts Silver Pendant Necklace.

Silversmith

A silversmith works primarily with silver making jewelry and other objects using techniques such as soldering, casting, polishing, and engraving. Silversmiths also fabricate objet d'art, necessaires, flatware, dishes, ...
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Touchstone

A touchstone is a hard black stone with a smooth surface that can be used to test gold or silver for purity. The gold ...
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Silver Wedding Medallion, O. Roty 1895.

Tour à Réduire

The Night, Medal Brooch by Frederic de Vernon, c.1900.Tour à réduire was a specialized technique that allowed a large scale, detailed ...
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Troy Weight

The name Troy weight is derived from Troyes, France where the system was first impemented. This is a unit of ...
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