Starting with “E”
Edna May – is a necklace type that has two stones hanging from it; the second one attached below the first and ensconced in a cluster of smaller stones. Worn mostly during the turn of the 20th century, it derives its nomenclature from an American actress of the same name, who often sported one. While she starred in the film “David Copperfield,” she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing copper.
Egyptian Blue – who knew that those fancy pharaoh, ancient Egyptians used synthetics? Egyptian Blue refers to a man-made pigment that was ubiquitously used in art and architecture, intended to mimic tantalizing turquoise and luscious lapis lazuli stones. It’s a composition made of quartz, copper, some organic plant material and possibly mummies.
Electric Jewelry – is kind of hilarious. It’s a style that was all the rage during the latter part of the 1800’s, where jewelry pieces and ornaments designed for the hair would move tither and thither. This mystical phenomenon (referred to as “en tremblant”) was achieved with the aid of a tiny battery hidden in the piece. This whimsical tradition still lives on today, in little dancing snowmen pins your gramma gets you around the holidays from CVS, for two dollars.
En Esclavage – is a somewhat gaudy style used in necklaces and bracelets, where several #swag chains hold together a bunch of plaques. The plaques can feature all manner of things, such as images of loved ones, flowers, jewels and even other plaques – in a sort of plaque-ception.
En Pampille – that’s right; get ready to be pampered in a waterfall of gemstones. Here is another trend of the roaring 1800’s, where the jewelry (pendants, brooches, earrings, cell phone cases) featured sparklers of decreasing size, culminating in little pointy, stabby shapes.
Enseigne – is a kind of badge that was worn on hats during the illustrious 1500’s. These enseignes could feature a portrait-like image of the wearer, a family crest, a favorite figure from mythology or this popular story book called “The Bible.” Precious metals, lavish enameling, pricey gemstones and the like were the norm on these widespread badges, which many people donned – except, of course, those who exclaimed “We don’t need no stinking badges!”
Entourage – …please, no references to the show/“film”… this is a ring style where a prominent center stone is encircled by a group of more diminutive stones (routinely diamonds). This method of setting is known as “cluster setting” – as in, “I’m in the center of a cluster of fools, namely Johnny Drama and Turtle.” Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Equipage – a preterite French phrase that connotes all of the essential every day articles that people would carry around with them. This falls into the jewelry category, because all these components would be contained in a little Étui. And that is:
Étui – a small, decorative container that French courtesans and maids alike would carry around with them. Basically, you put your stuff in there. They were usually gold or silver, and had intricate design patterns etched onto them. The not so fair sex would sometimes use étuis too, but larger in size, so they didn’t feel so emasculated for carrying around a little fancy canister.
Escalier – is a jewelry style featuring huge triangular links, used in bracelets. A miniature version of this would be replicated for rings in a bezel mounting. Escalier comes from the time period known as “retro,” which followed Art Deco (so the mid-1930-40’s). Today we think of anything from the past as retro, so you’d probably instinctively call any Escalier themed jewelry ‘retro,’ without even knowing how accurate that was: *mind blown*