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Ear Cuff - A half-circle band or ring of metal which is pinched around the side or middle edge of the ear. The metal band or ring is often embossed. Some styles incorporate a dangle from the ear cuff, or a chain connected to an earstud on the same ear.

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Ear Thread - An earring form consisting of a short post with attached chain. The post serves as a "needle," allowing the chain to be threaded front-to-back through the ear. Includes a variety of lengths, chain types and embellishment styles.

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Earpost - (see also Earstud) A finding, usually metal, used to create ear jewelry. The post or stud of the finding passes through the ear, and is secured by an earnut on the back. The front can be plain or highly decorated, and many styles offer attachment surfaces for flat-backed components, half-drilled beads, drops, links and other forms of embellishment.

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Earstud - (see also Earpost) A finding, usually metal, used to create ear jewelry. The post or stud of the finding passes through the ear, and is secured by an earnut on the back. The front can be plain or highly decorated, and many styles offer attachment surfaces for flat-backed components, half-drilled beads, drops, links and other forms of embellishment.

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Earwire - A thin piece of wire used to support ear jewelry. Earwires come in a variety of styles. The most popular is the fishhook, which often comes with a ball or coil (or both), to balance the earwire in the ear.

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Electroplating - Coating a metal surface (in fashion or bridge jewelry, usually with copper, nickel, chromium, gold, silver or rhodium) by means of electrolysis. The amount of electroplate on an object is measured in microns (one micron = 0.001mm). See also Gold Electroplating and Silver Plate.

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Embossing - The process of raising a domed design on the front of a piece of metal by beating it from behind with punches and a hammer.

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Enamel (ENML) - Colored, opaque glassy material fused onto metal, pottery or glass.

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End Cap - A finding which allows for a bead, component or stringing material to be inserted or otherwise attached inside it. End caps can be used to create drops or to provide a professional attachment to stringing material.

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End-Cutting Nippers - A pair of pliers with metal-cutting blades, ideal for cutting thicker posts, pegs or wires.

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Engraving - A pattern made by cutting away the surface of metal, wood or other surface.

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Eye Beads - Decorated to resemble an eye, these beads date back to antiquity and have symbolic meanings. Often used in amulets.

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Eyepin - A length of wire, usually straight, with a pre-formed simple loop at one end.

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