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  • Dangle Beads

    A bead which hangs from a clasp or bead attached directly to a chain.

  • Dangle Earrings

    Any earrings that hang below the earlobe. Also called a drop earring.

  • Deployment Buckle

    A type of clasp, usually double hinged, that will open and unfold allowing extra room to put on or remove a bracelet or watch. It locks in place with a small hook type latch.

  • Depth

    The height of a diamond measured from the culet to the table.

  • Diamond (April Birthstone)

    The hardest natural substance found on earth. A precious gemstone composed of crystals of pure carbon that have been subjected to tremendous pressure and heat. Birthstone for April.

  • Diamond Accent

    Small and simple diamonds usually used to compliment a piece of jewelry.

  • Diamond Cut

    Cut made with facets, similar to a diamond.

  • Dichroic Glass Beads

    Usually has two main colors, however these glass beads can showcase many colors when viewed at different angles.

  • Die Struck

    Occurs when a die is used to press an image into a softer metal such as brass or gold.

  • Dispersion (Fire)

    The amount of “dispersion” in a gemstone is meant to provide a relative comparison as to how much spectral colors are visible under certain conditions. The presence of visible spectral colors in the gemstone is commonly known as the “fire” of the gemstone. Dispersion is a scientific comparison between the Refractive Indexes of two different wavelengths of light passing through the same material. How much “fire” the gemstone has is based on many different factors, including the refractive index of the material, the gemstone’s facet angles, the quality of the gemstone’s polish, the lighting used in the test and other factors. Gemstones with higher dispersion values are known to have more “fire”.

  • Double Action

    A clasp type simialr to a box catch, but the piece of metal that slides into the box must be pinched to fit.

  • Drop and Dangle Earrings

    Drop and dangle earrings are similar in that they both hang beneath the earlobe.  While dangle earrings will sway with movement, drop earrings are usually stationary.

  • Drop Earrings

    Any earring that hangs below the earlobe. Also called a dangle earring.

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