An avatar is the picture you choose to display underneath your name, in the left column of the page. Some people put a picture of themselves, a loved one, a pet, or a treasured piece of jewelry in their avatar. If you look to the left of my post, you'll see that I currently have a picture of my new hairstyle posted as my avatar. Alot of the ladies here often use pictures of themselves as an avatar, as it puts a face with a name. <img src=''http://talk.jewelry/styles/default/xenforo/smilies/graemlins/default/smile.gif'' alt='''' /> Along with your user ID, signature, and profile, it just gives you another way to personalize your board experience.