The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The jeweller., p. 60
60 THE JEWELLERl. Tur name Jeweller is now commonly applied to all who set stones, whether real or artificial, but, properly speaking, it be- longs only to those who set diamonds and other precious gems. According to the ge-- neral application of the term, Jewellers make rings of all sorts ini gold, lockets, bracelets, broaches, ornaments for the head, ear-rings, necklaces, and a great variety of trinkets composed of diamonds, pearls, or other stones. The diamond was called by the ancients adamant: as a pre- cious stone it holds the first rank in value, hardness, and lustre, of all gems. The goodness of diamonds consists in their water or colour. The most perfect colour is white, or rather a clear crystalline qialitv which admits the rays of light very readily. The defects in diamonds are veins, flaws, specks of red and black sand, and a bluish or yellow cast. The jeweller was formerly a very profit- able and genteel business; but, like most others, has lately become much deteriorated; yet steady ingenious workmen who have a taste for their profession, and a knowledge of design, in general can find a sufficiency of good employment.
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