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Evergreen Topaz

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EverGreen (R) is a trademarked type of diffusion-treated topaz.  This deep green stone is produced by heating a cut, colorless topaz with coloring chemicals (mineral oxides), resulting in a thin layer of green coating the outside of the stone.

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European Cut

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The European cut (also known as the old European cut) is an old, round diamond cut that is similar to but less bright than the newer brilliant cut.  The European cut has a very small table and heavy crown.

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Email

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Email (French for enamel) is a method in which enamel is applied to metal.  It can be applied in many different ways, including cloisonné, champlevé, and plique à jour.

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Elie Ruby

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An Elie ruby is actually a pyrope garnet (and not a ruby at all).

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Etched Finish

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An etched finish on a metal's surface reduces the metal's reflectivity.  It is done by using harsh chemicals to eat into the surface or by cutting into the surface using a sharp tool.

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Etched

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Metal with designs created by the use of chemicals. For example, a copper bracelet could have flowers etched into the metal, which would contrast with the surrounding metal not altered by the use of a chemical, generally Ferric Chloride.

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Enhanced

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Enhanced stones are stones that have been treated to improve their color, clarity, finish, strength, or other characteristics.  Some common enhancements are heat-treatment, irradiation, coating the surface, filling cracks, oiling, surface diffusion (coating the surface then applying heat), bleaching, dyeing, etc.

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Electroplate

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Electroplating (also called Galvanotechnics after its inventor, Luigi Galvani) is a process in which one metal is coated with another metal using electricity.  In jewelry, inexpensive metals are frequently electroplated with more expensive metals, like gold (gold plating), copper (electrocoppering), rhodium (rhodanizing), chromium (chromium plating), or silver (silver plating).  The thickness of the metal coat varies.  Electrogilded coating is the thinnest (less than 0.000007 inches thick); gold-cased metals have a coating thicker that 0.000007 inches.

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Eilat Stone

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Eilat stone is only found in King Solomon's copper mines on the Red Sea, near Eilat, Israel.  This opaque green mineral is composed of azurite, malachite, turquoise, and chrysocolla.  The hardness of this copper-based stone varies.  There are many variations on its spelling, including Eliat, Elat, and Ellat.

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Edwardian Period

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The Edwardian period (also known as the Belle Epoque) was the time of the reign of Edward VII of England (1901-1910).  Edwardian jewelry is delicate and elegant.  Edwardian designs frequently use bows and filagrees.  Pearls and diamonds were also frequently used.

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Enamel

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Enamel is a glassy substance (powdered glass with colorants) fused onto metal using heat (see cloisonné, champlevé, guilloche, and plique à jour).

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Emerald Cut

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Emerald cut stones have a girdle that is rectangular with truncated corners.  Emerald cuts are frequently used on emeralds and diamonds.

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Emerald

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Emeralds are a very hard, green precious stone (beryl, Be3Al2Si6O18, colored by chromium and some vanadium impurities).  Flaws and cloudiness (called jardin) are very common in emeralds, so many emeralds are oiled, irradiatied,and dyed to improve their look.  Synthetic emeralds (developed by Carroll Chatham in the 1930's) have fewer imperfections and are very hard to distinguish from natural emeralds.  Emeralds belong the beryl group of stones which also includes aquamarines, morganite, and chrysoberyl).  Emeralds have a hardness of 7-8 and a specific gravity of 2.2-2.8.  Emerald (and all forms of beryl) have large, perfect, six-sided crystals.  Emeralds were long thought...

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Engrave

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Engraving is a method of surface decoration in which a design is etched into the surface with a sharp tool.

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Etui

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An etui (also called a necessaire) is a tiny, decorative, cylindrical-shaped case that was often carried on a chatelaine.  The etui was used to carry small "necessary" items like pencils, scissors, manicure set, or spectacles.  The etui was first used in the 1720's.

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Etruscan Jewelry

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Ancient Etruscan jewelry has intricate and beautiful designs; most is made of gold.  The Etruscans employed a lot of delicate granulation (n which tiny beads of gold are soldered to the surface to form a pattern) and openwork filagree (in which filagree patterns are not applied over sheet metal).  The Etruscans lived in Northern Italy for hundreds of years beginning in the late 8th century B.C.

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Eugene

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Eugene was a jewelry designer who worked for Miriam Haskell and later started his own company around 1950.  Eugene pieces were produced until the 1960's.  These pieces are often complex, having beads and pearls, rhinestones, or enamel work.

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Edwardian

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From 1901 - 1915 Edwardian jewelry was known for it's delicate and intricate styles, and was also referred to as the "Gilded Age".

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Ebony

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Ebony is a hard, dark, dense wood sometimes used in jewelry.

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Eternity Band

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An Eternity Band is a ring set with gemstones that extend uniformly around the perimeter of the piece. The gems can be set with prongs or in one continuous channel. Multiple bands are often worn together to create dazzling new looks. These bands can be different widths and set with different gemstones.

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Estate Jewelry

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Estate Jewelry is purchased from buyers of estates or the heirs, of varying age, often antique for resale. A Jeweler who specializes in this type of jewelry. Estate jewelry is older, antique, and previously owned jewelry that comes from estates. Today however, almost any jewelry that was previously owned is referred to as estate jewelry.

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Enhancer Bail

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An Enhancer Bail hinges open in the back so it can be snapped onto to larger chains and necklaces. Enhancers work especially well with pearl and beaded necklaces that are too thick to slip through regular bails.

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Engagement Ring

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An Engagement Ring is a ring that a man gives to a woman when he proposes to her. After she’s married, it will be worn together with her wedding band. Often engagement and wedding rings are designed together and come in sets that are specifically contoured to fit snuggly into each other. The engagement ring is usually the fancier and more elaborate of the two and is characteristicallyset with a larger diamond in the center as the focal point. Oftentimes, this diamond is surrounded by smaller diamonds. Designs range from simple, single stone settings to complex and wildly imaginative creations....

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Ear Jackets

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Ear Jackets fit under stud earrings to enhance and enlarge their look. They come in many different designs and shapes: circular, flower, and drops, to name a few.

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Ear Charms

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Ear Charms are small, lightweight charms designed to hang from hoop earrings. They let women jazz up, otherwise, plain earrings.

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