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Waxy luster:   luster observed on Jadeite and Nephrite.

Webb, David: American jeweller best known for 1960’s sculptural work.

Weiss, Albert: Costume jewellery designer / manufacturer (previously designed for Coro before starting his own company in 1942).

Whiplash Curve or Motif:  Flowing lines that bend and curve in a distinctive way, very important in Art Nouveau designs.

White gold: an alloy of gold with copper, zinc and nickel so it looks like silver or platinum.  In contemporary pieces, the nickel might be replaced by a platinum family metal due to allergic reactions.

White metal: alloy of tin, antimony and copper, used as base for electroplated jewelry.

Wiener Werkstätt: (1903 – 1932).  German Jugendstil / Arts and Crafts movement jewellers.

Winston, Harry: (1896-1976). American diamond dealer and jeweler nicknamed “The King of Diamonds”,

Wire work:  fine wires on a jewelry piece.  (Etruscan jewellery often has wire work). Can also refer to fine piercing.

Wittelsbach: rare blue diamond, probably owned by Emir of Qatar.

Wolfers, Philippe: (1858 – 1929.) Belgium Art Nouveau jeweller. (Femme Fatale)


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