Art and Antiques Terminology
There are 2 names in this directory beginning with the letter S.
To purists, stamp collectors collect stamps, where philately is the study of stamps. A stamp collector may have some philatelic knowledge, and a philatelist may or may not own a stamp collection. The general public may not make the distinction.
For example, The American Philatelic Society covers both stamp collecting and philately.
Sterling silver is an alloy usually made of 92.5% of the precious metal silver, chemical element Ag. It is used for high-end household dishware, decorations, vessels, flatware and serving utensils, as well as decorations and objets de virtue. More utilitarian items can also be made from sterling silver to indicate social status, and these are often designed and given as gifts.
This is a Glossary of Art and Antiques Terminology. It includes Fine Art, Decorative Art and Design.
You will find definitions, artists, designers, time periods, materials, makers and manufacturers.