CHOOSING JEWELRY AND GEMSTONES
WEDDING RING - ENGAGEMENT RING - ETERNITY RING - JEWISH MARRIAGE RING
When the gemstones extend only on half of the shank, it is called a 'halfeternity ring'. The stones are secured in a channel setting or in adjacent single-stone collet settings.
BETROTHAL RING - LOVE RING - FEDE RING - POSY RING - GIMMEL RING - PUZZLE RING
When more significance became attached to a betrothal, the ring became known as an engagement ring and it was also used as a wedding ring, without any special change in form or style.
ABBOT RING - BISHOP RING - FOUNDER RING - PONTIFICAL RING - GLOVE RING
...From the time of Edward I every bishop's ring and Abbot's ring was supposed to be surrendered to the Crown, as a 'mortuary' (death duty), but this seems not to have been rigidly enforced, especially as to the pontifical ring...
COCKTAIL RING - COCKTAIL WATCH - WRIST WATCH - WATCH BRACELET
...Such rings have been popular since the second quarter of the 20th century, and are often worn with a cocktail watch.
COIN BRACELET - COIN RING - COIN WATCH - COIN PENDANT - MEDAL MEDALLION
...Such pieces were fashionable from the early 19th century in France, examples being known that are set in a 100-franc gold coin.
PENDANT - MONOGRAM PENDANT - PENDANT FRAME - IHS PENDANT
...Most pendants are worn as ornaments but often they are an article of Devotional jewelry, mourning jewelry, or magical jewelry, not primarily decorative, evidenced by being worn sometimes under a bodice.
MOURNING JEWELRY – ROYAL MOURNING RING – MEMORIAL RING - NELSON RING
The articles were usually made of gold with black enamelled motifs or set with gemstones.
WHAT IS A GEMSTONE?
A gemstone can owe its beauty to various properties: its depth of colour or transparency; its colour pattern, as seen in opal or agate; the intensity of its brilliance; or the pattern light makes within it, as seen in star sapphires or cat's-eye chrysoberyl.