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    Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    Can we use the verb construct for jewelry?

    For example' can we say the construction method of bejeweled containers?"
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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    I believe that in the jewelry business they like to say they create jewelry. We do construct containers whether bejeweled or not.

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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    Can we use the verb construct for jewelry?

    For example' can we say the construction method of bejeweled containers?"
    I think so, but where is the rest of the sentence?

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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I think so, but where is the rest of the sentence?
    I'm translating an article from Persian to English. In key words part of the article there is the phrase which means 'construction method'.
    In my translation, there is also a sentence as 'Making/ constructing bejeweled dishes was very common in the Safavid court'.
    I wonder if I can use the words construct and construction for jewelry?

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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    But it's not jewelry that you're constructing. It's containers. You are then bejeweling the containers (I assume). Nowhere have you discussed constructing the jewels.

    PS: You can construct jewelry, but there's probably a better word for it. A jewelry-maker makes jewelry. I've never heard of a jewelry constructor.

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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    I agree with making jewelry. I wouldn't use "construct" there.

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    #7

    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    Use 'fabrication (method)', perhaps?

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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    If you are making the containers and covering them in jewels, then you are "making bejewelled containers". If you are responsible only for the jewels, you are "bejewelling containers".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    You don't construct jewellery, no. The verb construct is similar in use to build. It is best used for buildings and engineering projects.

    But as post #5 pointed out, your example was about containers, not jewellery, and whatever you mean, I don't think container is the right word.

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    Re: Can we use the verb construct for jewelery?

    My first college degree was a BFA, with a double concentration in ceramics and metalsmithing/jewelry, so I do have some background here.

    I don't have a problem using 'construct' to refer to small scale objects such as jewelry or small containers. However, a term we used most frequently was 'fabricate', regardless if it was jewellery or a container. It does carry an implication of an individually hand-made creation, so I wouldn't use it for anything mass-produced.

    Of course other general verbs work such as 'create' or 'make'. Alternately, if you have knowledge of the specific fabrication technique, you could use the corresponding verb such as 'solder', 'raise', 'chase', 'enamel', 'weld' etc., but many objects often employ multiple techniques.

    For example, the basic form of handmade metal dishes and bowels is created by the raising process - hammering over various metal or wooden stakes. Commercially they're usually spun, stamped, or pressed.

    The process of decorating with stones or jewels is referred to as 'setting' - bejeweling is a vague and nebulous layman term.

    However, I most often refer to 'making' a particular piece.
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