Van Cleef & Arpels: (1898 – present) Parisian jeweller, known for Art Deco designs.
Vanitas: (‘remember you must die’) aka Memento Mori. During the 16th and 17th century, symbols of death were worn as a reminder of immortality.
Vanity case: (also known by the French minaudière) A small decorative container to carry cosmetics.
Vauxhall glass: a gem substitute made since 1700 and revived in the mid nineteenth century, in Vauxhall, London. Popular colours were black, wine red or green.
Venetian Chain: (or Victorian chain). Chain of interlocking links of flat folded metal.
Venetian Glass: Decorative glass produced in Venice.
Verdigris: blue-green patina.
Verdura: Chanel jeweller.
Verneuil, Auguste Victor Louis (1856-1913): father of gemstone synthesis.
Vermeil: Gold-plated or gilded silver.
Vermicelli: A technique, usually using gold, which incorporates tiny strands resembling vermicelli. (Not to be confused with ‘Granulation’).
Vesica piscis: (from Latin: fish bladder). Almond shape created by two overlapping circles. Popular motif in the late Gothic period.
Vever: (1821 – 1982). French jewellery house famous for Art Nouveau designs.
Vinaigrette: a container holding a sponge saturated with sweet smelling perfumes and oils, held under the nose to mask unpleasant smells.
Vitreous: glass-like luster.
Vulcanite: rubber which has been heat processed with sulphur to create a more durable material. Black in colour, it was popular in Victorian mourning jewellery.
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