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Babingtonite is a very dark green to black translucent (in thin crystals or splinters) mineral.


Baguette are small stones which are rectangularly-shaped and faceted.


A metal loop that is used to attach a chain or cord to a pendant.


A band is a ring that is made from a thin, flat, ribbon-like strip of material, it has the same width all the way around. The band can be unadorned or decorated.

Bar Closure

A hinged bar which fits into a catch and is secured in the catch with a pin.

Bar Pin

A bar pin is a long pin that is worn horizontally, it is also called a bar brooch and often set with gemstones or pearls.


A barrette is an ornament worn clipped into the hair.

Baroque Pearl

Baroque pearls are irregularly-shaped pearls. Baroque pearls can be natural or artificial.


A bayadere is a pearl necklace that has many strands of pearls twisted together.


A bead is a small, decorative object that is pierced for threading or stringing. Beads are made of glass, stones, wood, plastics, seeds, shells, and ceramics.

Beading Hook

Acrylic hook used for attaching beading to lampshades, curtain rods, serving bowls or shade pulls.


Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another or to cloth using a needle and thread.

Bell Cap

A bell cap is a jewelry finding that is used to convert a hole-less bead or stone with into a pendant. A bell cap is glued onto the bead or stone and had a loop for attaching to the piece of jewelry.


Benitoite is a blue silicate mineral, it fluoresces under ultraviolet light, appearing light blue in color.


Beryls are a family of gemstones that include emerald (green beryl), aquamarine (blue beryl), morganite (pink beryl), heliodor (greenish yellow beryl), and goshenite (white or colorless beryl). Red beryl is extremely rare and is not used in jewelry, it is called bixbite or red emerald or scarlet emerald. Clear bright yellow beryl is called golden beryl. Maxixe type beryl is a deep blue stone that fades to white when exposed to sunlight or is subjected to heat treatment.


The metal groove or flange holding a gemstone in its setting, or the slanting face of a cut gem.

Bib Necklace

A bib necklace is multiple strands of stepped pearls.


Bead shape of two cones joined at the bases.


A cultured pearl originally non-nucleated, grown in a freshwater mussel from Lake Biwa in Japan.


Bixbite (or red emerald or scarlet emerald) is an extremely rare red beryl. It is not used in jewelry as the crystals it forms are very small.


Bleaching is a process in which a gemstone's color is removed using a bleaching agent.

Blister Pearl (Bouton Pearl)

A blister pearl is a pearl that developed attached to the inside of a shell. This type of pearl must be cut off the shell, and is therefore hemispherical.


Bloodstone is an inexpensive type of chalcedony that is green with red highlights, also called heliotrope.


Bowenite is a hard, compact variety of serpentine. Bowenite typically ranges in color from a dark forest green to a light olive green with shades approaching yellow.

Box Setting

A box-like closed gem or stone setting.


A braid refer to any object created by interweaving or twinning three or more separate strands of one or more material in a diagonally overlapping pattern.


A bracelet is an article of jewelry which is worn around the wrist.

Bracelet Clasp

A round or oval, gem set or enameled clasp with slots at the back through which a ribbon can be threaded.


A briolette (or drop cut) is a pear-shaped cut gemstone with triangular facets on top. This type of stone makes a nice pendant.


Bronzite is gemstone, that has acquired a bronze-like sub-metallic luster on the cleavage surfaces.
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A brooch (also known as broach, sometimes called a pin) is a decorative jewelry item designed to be attached to garments.

Brooch Convertor

A finding used to convert a brooch into a pendant. Styles are available for horizontal or vertical pins.

Bugle Bead

A bugle bead is a long, thin, tubular seed bead of soft (lead) glass, usually not rounded, in a variety of colors and finishes. The usual diameter of the bugle beads is 2.5 mm and equivalent to a size 11/0 seed bead.


1mm satin cord.

Button Earring

An earring with no dangling parts.
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