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Now updated for CSW15. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.


alpacca a type of nickel silver used in jewellery.
amberoid synthetic amber.
ambroid synthetic amber.
asteria a precious stone that shows asterism when cut en cabochon.
bezel the oblique side or face of a cut gem.
bezil the oblique side or face of a cut gem.
boart diamond dust or fragments.
bort diamond dust or fragments.
borty relating to bort, diamond dust.
bortz (Dutch) diamond dust or fragments.
boulle (Fr.) a form of marquetry with eg gold and silver inlaid in tortoiseshell.
brilliant shining (verb) to cut and polish a diamond
brilliantly (Adv.) BRILLIANT, shining.
briolette (Fr.) a pear-shaped gem.
brute brutal BRUTELY; (verb) to girdle or shape (a diamond)
bruter one who brutes diamonds (shapes them by rubbing them with another diamond).
buhl a form of marquetry with eg gold and silver inlaid in tortoiseshell.
cabochon (Fr.) a precious stone polished but uncut, or cut rounded on the top but flat on the back.
cadrans (Fr.) an instrument by which a gem is adjusted while being cut.
cameo a gem with a figure (usu. a head or bust in profile) carved in relief; (verb) to portray in sharp, delicate relief.
capiz (Tagalog) the translucent shell of a bivalve mollusc, used in making jewellery.
chaton (Fr.) the setting or stone of a finger-ring.
chatoyant (Fr.) having a changeable luster like that of a cat's eye at night; (noun) a chatoyant gemstone, such as a cat's eye.
collet a circular flange or collar; the part of a ring that contains the stone; (verb) to set a gem in a ring.
culet (Fr.) the flat back or base of a gemstone.
dactyliography the study of gem engraving.
dactyliology the study of finger-rings.
diaglyph a figure etched or engraved in surface of gem or stone.
dore (Fr.) gilded; (noun) a gold-coloured fish.
emeraude (Spenser) emerald.
enameler one who enamels; a workman or artist who applies enamels in ornamental work.
enamelist one who enamels; a workman or artist who applies enamels in ornamental work.
enameller one who enamels; a workman or artist who applies enamels in ornamental work.
enamellist a worker in enamel.
enchase to chase, engrave; to fix in a border or setting.
engild (Shakesp.) to gild.
facet a small surface; (verb) to cut with facets.
gemmeous relating to gems; like a gem.
gemmery gems generally.
glyptic related to carving or engraving, esp on gems.
glyptics the art of engraving or carving on gems.
glyptographer one who practises glyptography, the art of engraving on gems.
glyptographic relating to glyptography, the art of engraving on gems.
glyptography the art of engraving on gems.
heishi (Japanese) tiny beads made from shells. No -S.
incavo (Ital.) the incised part of an intaglio.
inchase to chase, engrave; to fix in a border or setting.
intaglio (Ital.) a figure engraved into a gem or another substance (verb) to carve an intaglio on
jasperware goods made of jasper.
jewellike like a jewel.
lasque (Persian) a flat thin diamond, common in India.
loupe (Fr.) a jeweller's magnifying glass worn on the eye-socket.
navette (Fr.) a pointed oval shape; a jewel cut in this shape.
oriental from the Orient (noun) a precious stone, esp a pearl; an Oriental rug
orientally (Adv.) ORIENTAL, from the Orient.
rubin (Spenser) a ruby.
rubine (Spenser) a ruby.
rubylike like a ruby.
sapphirine a blue mineral, aluminium-magnesium silicate.
strass (Ger.) a paste for making false gems.
tremblant in jewellery, having the stones set on spring, to give a trembling effect.
tripoli an earthy substance orig brought from Tripoli, used in polishing stones and metals, aka diatomite.
ungilt not gilt.