Many times, asking a jeweler about his/her work leads to a discussion that might as well be in Chinese for all the jargon that gets thrown at you. Here are some definitions to help you decipher the code.
Cold Connections – combining different parts without using a torch to solder or fuse metal together. e.g.: riveting, nuts and bolts, wire wrapping, stone setting
Forging – using a hammer and a stake (or anvil) to elongate, flatten, or bend metal rod or wire.
Bezel – the metal band that holds a stone in place. This is the setting you see most often that is not a prong setting.
Fold Forming – a particular technique for shaping or texturing sheet metal that uses folding, creasing, and flattening to create 3D shapes and designs.
Patina – color given to metal either using chemicals or heat. e.g.: antiqued brass