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Jewelry Category: C
The 4 Cs
Standardized form of grading diamonds, based on the qualities of Carat, Clarity, Color, and Cut.
CABOCHON
(Cab-ah-shon)A stone that is polished and has no facets on the top. This smooth finish highlights stones that have a natural gloss without the need for light reflecting facets.
CARAT
A unit of weight used for gemstones. Diamond carats are determined by weight, whereas cubic zirconia (CZ) carat weights are actually based on dimensions. A 5 carat CZ, for example, is the same width and length as a 5 carat diamond, but weighs much more. One of the 4 Cs used to grade diamonds.
CHANDELIER EARRINGS
Grandiose dangle earrings that feature tiers of gemstones and/or detailing, for a glamorous evening look.
CHANNEL SETTING
Stones are TENSION SET between two bands of metal, with no prongs or dividers. Sometimes the metal bands will have slight grooves on the inside, which the stones fit into for extra security.
CHARM BRACELET CHARM NECKLACE
Jewelry featuring small dangling charms, which sometimes have symbolic or personal meaning. The charms can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks.
CLARITY
An evaluation of the imperfections (or lack thereof) visible in a stone. Traditionally used to grade diamonds, this term also refers to the brilliance of any stone. One of the 4 Cs used to grade diamonds.
CLIP-ON EARRINGS
Earrings for non-pierced ears.
COCKTAIL RING
A large ring that often features high CARAT stones and/or elaborate detailing.Applies to any ring that is elegant and dramatic enough to be worn to a cocktail party.
COSTUME JEWELRY
Any jewelry made from faux gemstones instead of precious or semi-precious stones, and/or from materials other than gold, silver, or platinum.
CRYSTAL
A fine, high quality glass component that includes approximately 10% lead. The hallmark of crystal is its exceptional brilliance and light refraction.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA (CZ)
An inexpensive, man made stone that is generally cut to resemble diamonds. They can be colored to resemble other precious and semi-precious stones, and are a staple of high quality COSTUME JEWELRY.
CUBIC ZIRCONIA JEWELRY
CZ or COSTUME JEWELRY.
CZ JEWELRY
Simulated diamond jewelry; An inexpensive, sometimes man-made stone that is generally cut to resemble diamonds. They can be colored to resemble other precious and semi-precious stones, and are a staple of high quality COSTUME JEWELRY.
CUFF BRACELET
A type of bracelet which does not form a continuous circle - usually the two ends do not close completely. Made to be slipped on the side of the wrist instead of over the hand.
CUSHION CUT
A SQUARE CUT or EMERALD CUT stone with rounded edges. This classic cut is often found in ANTIQUE and VINTAGE JEWELRY.
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