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Whether looking to buy or just to browse, it helps to know and understand the terminology used in describing our jewelry. We hope these "Helpers" will enable you to enjoy our site and descriptions. However, if you have any questions, please
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FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR JEWELRY ??

**We recently acquired an estate of jewelry that had been purchased online
at the various shopping networks. Most of it looked never worn.
Some designer and some very collectible pieces.
They are listed at well below 1/2 of their retail value.
Some of the designers include Suzanne Somers, Erwin Pearl, Joan Rivers,
Victoria Wiecki, Kenneth Lane, Deidre Hall and others..


About 15 years ago more maybe more we purchased the estate/inventory of a jewelry shop
specializing in Mexican silver and sterling jewelry, gemstones and beads. Some of the
items were still in inventory packaging never used or worn. We will be selling these items both
on our site main catalog and in the Past Traditions Mexican galleries as well as on the ebay auction.


Our other jewelry is acquired primarily through estates,
personal contacts, banks and bulk purchases.
We also have quite a large stocks from the storage
of an antique jewelry shop we owned for a 10 year
period in the 1980-90's, and some items are from my
own personal collection of 30 years.


We try to give as much information as possible. Please pay particular
attention to sizes and condition mentioned in the item descriptions.
Pictures are not actual size . If we have unknowingly misrepresented an item or it is not
what you expected when received, be assured we will always refund your money
as long as you follow our return process at
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HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS REAL ?

**Stones are named i.e.Turquoise,
diamond, etc. only if we know they are genuine. OR we will refer
to them as "genuine"
Gold is described as marked i.e. 14K or if we test
(see below for more explanations on specific metals)

HOW CAN IF FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ??

**For more thorough information on jewelry items designers, etc.
we suggest you browse
our
ORNAMENTAL JEWELRY AND ACCESSORY RESOURCE

OR CHECK THE RESOURCES LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE


SHORTLIST HELPERS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Terms frequently found in
our descriptions

alloy----------------------------------------mixture of two or more metals
alpaca---------------------`-alloy of copper, zinc, nickel and 2% silver
antique jewelry------------usually refers to items 100 years or older
baguette ----------------------- stone shaped narrow rectangle
bakelite---------------------------------collectible plastic jewelry c.1907
base metal------------------------------------------------onprecious metal
bd---------------------------------------------------------------------------bead
Berlin iron-------------------black lacquered iron- Germany 1815-1850
bezel -------------------------------------------------- rim holding a stone
cab or cabochon--not faceted. usually with a dome top and flat bottom
cameo---------------------------------portrait or design carved in relief
coin silver---------------usually considered 900 parts silver in th US
collectible value.....................Most books list the collectible value
market value is usually 1/3 to 1/2 of collectivle value.
costume jewelry ------------- constructed of nonprecious materials
cut steel- iron faceted to imitate diamonds 1760-early 20th century
diameter ----------------------refers to the widest part of top of item
EPNS----------------------------------------Electroplate on nickel silver
EPWM---------------------------------------Electroplate on white metal
estate jewelry--------------------refers to previously owned jewelry
faux---------------------------------------------------------- false, imitation
gemologist---------------professional accredited in identifying gems
gems------------organic or natural materials used for ornamentation
gen -------------------------------------------------------------------genuine
German silver----------------------------------------imitation silver alloy
gf --- --------------------------------------------------------------gold filled
gf on ss ----------------------------------- gold filled on sterling silver
hallmark----------mark stamped or etched on item for identification
HGE ---------------------------------------------- heavy gold electroplate
intaglio-------------------------portrait or scene cut into the reverse
karat -------- began using in US 1906. Refers to parts gold to alloy
marquise ------------------------------------------boat or navette shape
mop -------------------------------------------------------- mother of pearl
opaque-----------------------------------cannot be seen through, solid
pave ------------------ style of setting using stones close together
Pinchbeck------------------------------imitation gold used 1720-1854.
rgp ------------------- rolled gold plate, an older term for gold filled
rstn -------------------------------------------------------------- rhinestone
Signed....Signed by a particular designer, country or manufacturer
signet --------------------------------- using a monogram,seal or crest
sim ------------------------------------------------ simulated or imitation
sterling -------------------------refers to 925 or better silver content

top size -----------------refers to the widest part of the top of ring
translucent-----------can be seen through, but diffused, not clear
transparent----------------------can be seen through clearly

unmarked ------------means costume or unidentified metal/stones
vermiel (ver-may) --------------French meaning silver gilt
----------------------------- silver coated with gold

vintage jewelry
----------------------jewelry not being currently produced
but less than 100 years old. OR jewelry consistent with a particular era.


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