French Jewelry Vocabulary

Lexique bijoutier

If you’re visiting a bijouterie (jewelry store) in France it would be helpful to know some French jewelry names. This page offers all the important vocabulary you’ll need to know. We’ve broken this list down into kinds of jewelry, rings, watches and materials.

French Jewelry Vocabulary

Kinds of jewelry

You will notice that some of the jewelry words are very similar to English, such as “un bracelet” (bracelet), “une barrette” (barrette) and “un pendentif” (pendant). The French word “un collier” (necklace) is similar ot the English word, “collar”.

  • barrette une barrette
  • bracelet un bracelet
  • brooch une broche
  • carat un carat
  • chain une chaîne
  • charm bracelet un bracelet à breloques
  • costume jewelry les bijoux de fantaisie
  • cufflink un bouton de manchette
  • earring une boucle d’oreille
  • glass jewelry la verroterie
  • imitation jewelry les faux bijoux
  • jewels les bijoux
  • jewelry store une bijouterie, une jaoillerie
  • necklace un collier
  • paste jewelry les bijoux en pâte de verre
  • pendant un pendentif
  • pin une épingle
  • precious (adj) précieux, précieuse
  • tie-clip un fixe-cravate
Jewelry In French

Rings

Notice that there are several words for “ring” in French. The generic word is “une bague”. However, a wedding ring is “une alliance”. Besides “anneau”, all the words for ring are feminine.

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  • ring un anneau
  • ring une bague
  • engagement ring une bague de fiançailles
  • diamond ring une bague de diamant
  • friendship ring une bague d’amitié
  • wedding ring une alliance

Watches

When the word “montre” (watch) is followed by the preposition de plus noun, this indicates “for the use of”. Hence, “une montre de plongée”, for example, is a watch “for the use of” diving (la plongée).

  • watch une montre
  • diving watch une montre de plongée
  • lady’s watch une montre dame
  • pocket watch une montre de poche
  • military watch une montre de miltaire
Montre - Watch

Materials

You will notice that almost all of the base material names for jewelry are very similar to their English counterparts. The French word argent means both silver and money.

  • diamond un diamant
  • emerald une émeraude
  • gold l’or
  • gold-plated plaqué or
  • opal une opale
  • pearl une perle
  • pink gold l’or rose
  • ruby un rubis
  • sapphire un saphir
  • silver l’argent
  • silver-plated plaqué argent
  • steel l’acier
  • topaz une topaze
  • white gold l’or blanc
  • yellow gold l’or jaune
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