Glossary

Naïve art: The name given to a style of untrained artist noted for its simplicity.  Often there is little attention to formal perspective and an intuitive use of space, composition and colour.

Nature Morte: The French term for still-life, which translate literally as ‘dead nature’.

Neo- Impressionism: A development of impressionism resulting in a system of dots of pure colour applied according to scientific principles to create an image of great purity and luminosity.

Niello: A method of decorating metals plates by cutting lines in the metal and filling them up with a black or coloured composition, a technique used by goldsmiths.

Nocturne: A painting showing some of the characteristic features of night life.

Natural Fancy Color Diamonds: Diamonds with a deep body color, including brown, yellow, blue, violet, orange, pink and red.  Fancy color diamonds are unusual and therefore highly valued.  They are rated Z+ on the color scale and have nine saturation levels from Faint to Fancy Vivid.

Near-Colorless: Diamonds with little or no color visible to the naked eye. Near-colorless diamonds are classified as G, H, I or J on the color scale.

Navratan: Literally 'nine stones'. A style of jewellery in which nine types of precious and semiprecious gemstones are used, corresponding to the nine planets of Vedic astrology. The gemstones are ruby, pearl, red coral, emerald, yellow sapphire, diamond, blue sapphire, hessonite and cat's eye