San Diego, CA, October 09, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- San Diego Jewelry Buyers has announced the online publication of an industry glossary to assist customers interested in selling their pre-owned fine jewelry, watches, diamonds, and gold. More than a dictionary that explains the meanings of terms such as troy ounces, pennyweights, filigree, and the 4Cs of diamond grading, the SDJB glossary provides short biographies of such legendary jewelry and watch houses as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. It also includes descriptions of such reclusive but highly coveted jewelry designers as JAR and independent watchmakers like Vianney Halter.
"We wanted this glossary to be useful to both the novice and the connoisseur," says SDJB co-owner Carl Blackburn. "In the field of fine jewelry and horology there is always more to learn. For example, the estate jewelry aficionado may know all about the designers of vintage eras like Art Nouveau and Art Deco, yet know little about modern masters such as Gurhan Orhan or John Hardy. At the San Diego Jewelry Buyers glossary we cover all the bases. It is a good starting point for people to strengthen their knowledge."
A few interesting entries from the glossary are:
Lord Elgin: Founded in Elgin, Ill. in August of 1864, the Elgin Watch Company became a legendary American watch manufacturer. Originally known as the National Watch Co., the company had a long and celebrated history as a manufacturer of pocket watches. The company's railroad-approved pocket watches and military issue watches from WW I and WW II continue to be classic collectibles. The company eventually fell victim to cheap imports and closed its last plant in 1967.
Krugerrand: A Krugerrand is a South African gold coin, first minted in 1967 in order to help market South African gold. Although the coins have legal tender status in South Africa, they are not actually intended to be used as currency. Since the Krugerrand is minted from gold alloy that is 91.67 percent pure (22 karats), the actual weight of a "one ounce" coin is 1.0909 troy ounces (33.93 g), to provide one troy ounce of pure gold.
Fair Trade Gems: Gems that are closely tracked from mine to market to ensure that every gem has been handled according to strict protocols, which include: environmental protection, fair labor practices at the cutting and jewelry factories, and a tight custody chain that eliminates the possibility of treated gems or synthetics being introduced into the supply chain. The program also includes promotion of cultural diversity, public education, and accountability.
To read the full SDJB glossary, please go to: