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What’s the Jewelry Word You Can Never Remember How to Say or Spell? Readers Sound Off

You say milgrain, I say millegrain.

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  • That enameling technique beginning with C 🤣🤦. — Hannah Bent, Bent & Forged, Leeds, UK
  • Flourecense. I never can spell fluorecsence right. — Kathy Jenkins, Bravo Jewellers, Oceanside, CA
  • Bale/bail and milgrain/millgrain. Which one is correct? — Jillian Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers, Coral Gables, FL
  • I have no problem, but my staff always misspell amethyst as ‘amythest’! Drives me nuts! And don’t even ask about ‘labordite’! — Eve J. Alfille, Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio, Evanston, IL
  • Floor Ess Scents. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA
  • Padparacha … spelling. — Amber Gustafson, Amber’s Designs, Katy, TX
  • Paparasha? — Laurie Cusher, Hyde Park Jeweler, Hyde Park, NY
  • Pair a eiba tourmaline! 😂😂😂🤦 — Courtney Lane Pommier, Kay Jewelers, Baton Rouge, LA
  • I don’t forget jewelry terms, but I have a strange memory with people’s purchases and personal situations, i.e., “Oh, I remember you bought the sapphire for your daughter for her college graduation 10 years ago.” I get stared at incredulously by both my boss and the customers. Like Rain Man. — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • Nacre. Nacer? Naker? Nakre? Ugh. — Erin McMichael Hess, Extinctions, Lancaster, PA
  • Andaluscite, Andulusite … Andalusite! — Julie Terwilliger, Wexford Jewelers, Cadillac, MI
  • Moistenite, Masonite, Moisonite, Moissanite … now I have to delete all these from my tablet’s newly learned word list. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • Chaledoncy. Calsydney. The blue green quartzy stuff. Frickin’ can’t say it correctly — can never spell it properly right off the bat — for over 40 years, this is BS! — Denise Oros, Linnea Jewelers, La Grange, IL
  • My wife has a hard time saying melee (small diamonds), she will 90 percent of the time say mealy (like a bad apple). — Paul Krueger, Krueger Jeweler, Fort Atkinson, WI
  • Adularesence. Adularence? Adularessence? — Andrea Riso, Talisman Collection Fine Jewelers, El Dorado Hills, CA
  • We have a joke around here about how everyone says the word “jewelry.” Is it jewlry, jewellery, jewelry? Can you hear that? — Natasha Henderson, Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, Bend, OR
  • I learned and remembered it the first time I had to ask … solder. — Jill Keith, Enchanted Jewelry, Danielson, CT
  • Amethyst (spell) I always get the y and s turned around. — Patty Wedemeier, Elegant Jewelers, Sugar Land, TX
  • Amethyst: always reverse e and y … 🙁 — Tom R. Nelson, Nelson Jewelry, Spencer, IA
  • Amythest, (no) had to Google that, again! Amethyst! — Karen Edney, Midwest Jewelers & Estate Buyers, Zionsville, IN
  • Is a bail on a necklace a bail, baille, baile, or bale? FYI — I’m a baile girl. — Sandra Locken, Sarini Fine Jewellery, Vulcan, AB
  • Culet. I used to say “cutlet,” but after I started attending GIA courses about 5 years ago, I say it right now. — Lyla Ismael, Lyla Jewelers, Oak Lawn, IL
  • Chrysoprase. I always put in an extra “h” and write Chrysophrase. — Corrie Brown, Parkhill Jewelry, Ephrata, PA
  • Cabochon cut, and that’s probably misspelled. — Sherrie Schilling-Devaney, Sherrie’s Jewelry Box, Tigard, OR
  • Chrysacolla. Or is it chrysocolla? 😀 — Janne Etz, Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL
  • Tuourquoiesze. — Steven Wardle, Forest Beach Design, Chatham, MA
  • Swarovski took me weeks, now I can sling it like a pro. I put a large phonetic note above my computer “Swore-off-ski”. It worked. This is just between us, right? — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI

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