Outmoded Jewelry Terms

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Outmoded Jewelry Terms

  • Carcanet: A jeweled chain, necklace, or collar
  • Gorget from the Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

    Gorget: a crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers in the 17th and 18th centuries

  • Chatelaine: a hook-like clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women or a women’s lapel ornament resembling this
  • Fob: A short chain with a decorative seal or other device attached to the end. The fob and chain hung outside the watch pocket, and could be used to pull the watch out of the pocket.
  • Girdle with Pomander: A girdle was a leather or metal belt that wrapped a round the waist to hang things on (in lew of pockets) The pomander which hung from the girdle encased ambergris  or another perfume to protect against infection.
  • Chaplet: a type of head ornament in the form of a garland, wreath, or ornamented band, to be worn around the head. Chaplets were made of metal with repoussé decoration or embellished with gemstones and pearls.