So, you’ve had a look through some of the incredible Showcase Jewellers range and you’ve been absolutely enchanted with what’s on offer, but you aren’t sure quite how to describe the experience to your friends.

Fear not, for we’ve come to your rescue once again with our handy guide to all the jewellery terminology your could possibly want to know, broken down for your reading pleasure. Once you’ve absorbed both this and the “How to sound like an expert” part one, you can always test out your new found knowledge at one of our Showcase Jewellers stores across Australia.

Last time, we covered terms such as channels, baguettes and pave, so dive in and get ready to expand your vocabulary even further.


What it is: Baroque is a phrase used to describe a whole myriad of things, related to an opulent, theatrical style seen in styles of architecture, stage performances, art and even music.

What it is in the jewellery world: Simply put, the term ‘baroque’ is used to describe irregularly shaped pearls and sometimes other gems. With regards to baroque pearls, Braybrook and Britten note that “Most are inexpensive, but some have come to be the centrepiece for very expensive pieces of jewellery.”


What it’s not: An unexpected guest appearance in a TV shows or film , like directors Alfred Hitchock or Peter Jackson like to make.

What it actually is: A style of engraving a design in relief form, with the surroundings removed from the central image. Common examples of cameos involve silhouettes, used as inspiration for modern jewellery today. The trend became popular in the Victorian era, made popular by the Queen herself.


Where the word came from: This word traces its origins all the way back to the Latin word for illuminate, ‘lustrare’.

Where it comes into play: Another pearl-related term, the lustre refers to the aesthetic appearance of a pearl’s surface, in particular its brilliance or shine. High-lustre pearls such as the ones found in our pearl jewellery range are “bright, and have a deep-seated glow”, while low-lustre pearls “may appear too white, or dull or chalky”, according to American Pearl.