Watermelon tourmaline is a tourmaline gemstone that is multicolored,
going from pink to green. The Schreiner pin above is made of paste
(glass) watermelon tourmaline.
"Water sapphire" is not a true sapphire, but is iolite,
a more common, softer, and much less expensive mineral. It is a
transparent, violet-blue, light blue, or yellow-gray mineral. Iolite
is pleochroic; a single stone will show many colors (in the case
of Iolite, violet-blue, light blue, and yellow-gray). Iolite has
a hardness of 7 - 7.5. Iolite is found in Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar
Wax pearls are hollow glass beads that are filled with wax and resemble
This is a term used to describe the luster of gem. Some gems that
exhibit a waxy luster are: carnelian, chalcedony, turquoise.
Wedding cake beads
Wedding cake beads are lampworked glass beads that are decorated
with intricate, colorful glass overlays, often of roses and decorative
swirls and dots. This type of bead was originally made in Murano,
Welding is a process that joins two pieces of metal using very high
heat. Rolled gold is formed in this fashion.
An alloy of gold made with nickel. Sometimes the jeweler also mixes
palladium or zinc in the alloy. White gold has a brighter and whiter
color than silver due to the nickel content.
Any combination of alloys of nonprecious metals such as lead and
tin. Also called "Pot Metal".
A form of agate from the chalcedony family which is semi-translucent
with white to yellowish-white banding.
A translucent white mineral consisting of silicon dioxide in crystal
form. White Quartz is basically clear quartz with a high degree
of cloudiness. It is usually uniform in terms of the color, but
has areas of more or less opacity.
Of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of goods in large bulk or
quantity for resale by a retailer or jobber rather than directly
The horizontal measurement across the widest area of an item of