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Macramé - A technique of cord knotting which produces a rough, almost lace like band. Commonly used in jewelry and household décor, macramé popularly uses cotton, hemp, silk and leather cords.

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Magnetic Clasp - A two-piece clasp containing one or more magnets. The magnets hold the two pieces of the clasp together, keeping the jewelry secure. Can include Bead Clasp, Crimp Clasp, Hook-and-Eye Clasp and Snap Lock Clasp styles.

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Mala - A set of beads used by Hindus and Buddhists for prayer and meditation, similar to a Catholic rosary. Mala sets are usually made of a loop of 108 beads.

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Maltese Cross - A cross with four broad arms of equal length, with tips that look like inward pointing arrowheads.

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Manchette Bracelet - A broad bracelet in the form of a cuff.

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Mandrel - A wood or metal form used to shape metal into a desired shape and size, or to size rings or wrist bangles.

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Matinee-length - A single-strand necklace ranging from 20 to 25 inches in length

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Matte - A dull finish, particularly on metals.

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Memory Wire - A steel wire which holds (or "remembers") its preformed circular shape. Available in multiple sizes to make necklaces, bracelets and rings. Memory wire jewelry does not require a clasp, using wire tension to keep jewelry on.

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Micron - A unit of length equivalent to 0.001mm, used for measuring the thickness of electroplating.

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Millefiori (MILLE) - Created by fusion of several glass rods arranged so that the cross-section creates a flower or pattern with a mosaic-like appearance.

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Mohs Hardness Scale - A scale ranging from one to ten which rates the hardness of a gemstone or mineral in comparison with other minerals and gemstones. Talc rates as one, being one of the softest minerals. Diamond, the hardest substance on the planet, rates at ten.

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Mosaic - An image or pattern created by using small colored pieces set in mortar.

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Mounting - A jewelry setting designed for the placement of faceted gemstones or cabochons.

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Mousetail - 1.5mm satin cord.

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Multi-Strand Clasp - A clasp which secures jewelry with two, three, four or more strands. Some styles are accented with gemstones, enamel or inlay work. Can include Adjustable Clasp, Bar-and-Ring (or Toggle) Clasp, Filigree Clasp, Hook-and-Eye Clasp, Lobster Claw Clasp, S-Hook Clasp, Slide Lock Clasp and Springring Clasp styles.

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