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Bead Material Pronunciation Guide


Stumped on how to pronounce a gemstone name? Sometimes, we've been stumped, too. We've devised this casual pronunciation guide with the names of common gemstone beads.

  • Syllables in ALLCAPS are where the stress is.
  • Syllables ending in "ite" are pronounced like "sight" or "kite."
  • Syllables ending in "ston" are pronounced like "stone."
  • Vowels are short unless otherwise noted
"a"as in "bad" "ah" as in "father" "ay" as in "fray"
"e" as in "bed" "ee" as in "feed" "aw" as in "dawn"
"i" as in "bid" "iy" as in "bind" "or" as in "more"
"o" as in "bone" "oo" as in "soon" "ayr" as in "pear"
"uh" as in "bun" "oy" as in "boy" "ur" as in "fur"
  • Consonants are short unless otherwise noted
    • "ch" is pronounced as in "church"
    • "k" is pronounced as in "kite"
    • "s" is pronounced as in "sight"
    • "g" is pronounced as in "give"
    • "j" is pronounced as in "jelly"
    • "sh" is pronounced as in "she"
    • "th" is pronounced as in "bath"
    • "ts" is pronounced as in "patsy" or "tse-tse"
    • "zsh" is pronounced as the "j" is in "déjà vu"
    • "z" is pronounced as the "z" in "zipper" or the "s" in "cars"

You can find a more formal pronunciation guide online at Merriam-Webster: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

We've also included unusual sub-types of popular stones under the gemstone header (such as Botswana agate under Agate, Lavender amethyst under Amethyst, Brecciated jasper under Jasper, etc.). These stone sub-types can have unusual names or pronunciations. Here's an example:

Agate Gemstone Beads and Components Agate - A-gut (or can also be pronounced: AY-gut)
Types of Agate listed here:
  • Botswana - bahts-WAH-nah
  • Manchurian - man-CHUR-ee-in
  • Morocco - mor-ROK-oh

Gemstones

Agate Gemstone Beads and Components Agate - A-gut
  • Botswana- baht-SWAH-nuh
  • Manchurian - man-CHOOR-ee-in
  • Morocco - muh-ROK-o
Cubic Zirconia Alexandrite Purple Faceted Gems Alexandrite - al-ig-ZAN-drite (or: al-ik-ZAHN-drite)
Amazonite Gemstone Beads and Components Amazonite - AM-i-zuh-nite
Amber Gemstone Beads and Components Amber - AM-bur
Amethyst Gemstone Beads and Components Amethyst - AM-eh-thist
  • Chevron - SHEV-ruhn (or: SHEV-rawn)
  • Lavender - LAV-uhn-dur
Ametrine Gemstone Beads and Components Ametrine - AM-i-treen (or: EM-i-treen)
Ammonite Gemstone Beads and Components Ammonite - AM-muh-nite
Amphibolite Gemstone Beads Amphibolite - am-FI-bo-lite
Andalusite Gemstone Beads and Components Andalusite - and-a-LOO-site
Angelite Gemstone Beads and Components Angelite - AYN-juh-lite
Apatite Gemstone Beads and Components Apatite - AP-uh-tite
Aquamarine Gemstone Beads and Components Aquamarine - ah-kwah-mah-REEN
Aragonite Gemstone Beads and Components Aragonite - uh-RAG-oh-nite
Aventurine Gemstone Beads and Components Aventurine - ah-VEN-chur-een
  • Emerald - EM-ur-uld
Azurite-Malachite Beads and Components Azurite - AZH-ur-ite
Beryl Gemstone Beads and Components Beryl - BAYR-uhl
Blackstone Gemstone Beads and Components Blackstone - BLAK-ston
Bloodstone Gemstone Beads and Components Bloodstone - BLUHD-ston
Bronzite Gemstone Beads and Components Bronzite - BRAWN-zite
Brick Stone Gemstone Beads and Components Brick Stone - BRIK-ston
Calcite Gemstone Beads and Components Calcite - KAL-site
Rainbow Calsilica Gemstone Beads Calsilica - kal-SILL-ik-uh
Cameos Cameo - KAM-ee-o
Carnelian Gemstone Beads and Components Carnelian - kar-NEE-lee-in
Cat's Eye Glass Beads and Components Cat's Eye - KATS-iy
Chalcedony Gemstone Beads and Components Chalcedony - kal-SED-un-nee
Chatons Chaton - sha-TAHN
Chinese Writing Stone Gemstone Beads and Components Chinese Writing Stone - chiy-NEEZ RITE-ing ston
Crysanthemum Stone Gemstone Beads and Components Chrysanthemum Stone - kris-ANTH-uh-mum ston
Chrysocolla Gemstone Beads and Components Chrysocolla - KRIS-o-KO-la
Chrysoprase Gemstone Beads and Components Chrysoprase - KRIS-o-prayz
Citrine Gemstone Beads and Components Citrine - sih-TREEN
Coral Beads and Components Coral - KOR-ul
  • Fossil - FAHS-ul
  • Sponge - SPUNJ
Corundum Gemstone Beads and Components Corundum - kor-RUN-dum
Crazy Horse Stone Beads and Components Crazy Horse™ Stone - CRAY-zee hors ston
Cubic Zirconia Beads and Components Cubic Zirconia - KYOO-bik zur-KO-nee-ah
Cuprite Gemstone Beads and Components Cuprite - KYOOP-rite
Diamond Gemstone Beads and Components Diamond - Di-a-mond
Diopside Gemstone Beads and Components Diopside - dye-OP-side
Druzy Beads and Components Druzy - DROO-zee
Dumortorite Gemstone Beads and Components Dumortierite - du-MOR-tur-ite
Emerald Gemstone Beads and Components Emerald - EM-ur-uld
Feldspar Gemstone Beads and Components Feldspar - FELD-spar
Fluorite Gemstone Beads and Components Fluorite - FLOOR-ite
Garnet Gemstone Beads and Components Garnet - GAR-nit
  • Grossularite - GRAWS-yoo-lar-ite
  • Hessonite - HES-uh-nite
  • Indosolite - in-DO-suh-lite
  • Kashgar - KASH-gar
  • Orissa - o-RISS-uh
  • Rhodolite - RO-duh-lite
  • Spessartite - SPES-ar-tite
  • Tsavorite - TSA-vor-ite
Gaspeite Gemstone Beads Gaspeite - GAS-pee-ite
Hemalyke Beads and Components Hemalyke™ - HEE-muh-like (or: HEM-uh-like)
  • Hematite - HEE-muh-tite (or: HEM-uh-tite)
Hemimorphite Gemstone Beads and Components Hemimorphite - hem-i-MOR-fite
Howlite Gemstone Beads and Components Howlite - HOW-lite
Iolite Gemstone Beads and Components Iolite - IY-oh-lite
Jade Gemstone Beads and Components Jade - JAYD
  • Ching Hai - ching HIY
  • Malaysia - muh-LAY-zsha
  • Nephrite - NEF-rite
Jasper Gemstone Beads and Components Jasper - JAS-pur
  • Aqua Terra - AH-kwah TAYR-ah
  • Brecciated - BRAY-shee-ay-ted
  • Colonial - kuh-LOH-nee-ul
  • Dalmatian - dal-MAY-shun
  • Dendritic - den-DRIT-ik
  • Jupiter - JOOP-ih-tur
  • Kambaba - kahm-BAH-bah
  • Moukaite - MOO-kite
  • Oolitic - oh-uh-LIT-ik
  • Peridot - PAYR-i-do
  • Picasso - pi-KAH-soh (or: pee-KAH-saw)
  • Polychrome - POL-ee-krom
  • Safari - suh-FAR-ee
  • Saguaro - suh-GWAR-oh
  • Sesame - SES-ah-mee
  • Volcanic - vawl-KAN-ik
Jet Gemstone Beads and Components Jet - Jet
Kunzite Gemstone Beads and Components Kunzite - KOONZ-ite
Kyanite Gemstone Beads and Components Kyanite - KIY-uh-nite
Labradorite Gemstone Beads and Components Labradorite - LAB-rah-dor-ite
Landscape Stone Gemstone Beads and Components Landscape Stone - LAND-skayp ston
Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Beads and Components Lapis Lazuli - LAP-iss-LAZH-uh-lee
Larimar Gemstone Beads and Components Larimar - LAYR-e-mar
Lepidolite Gemstone Beads and Components Lepidolite - li-PID-uh-lite
Lilac Stone Gemstone Beads and Components Lilac Stone - LIY-lak ston (or: LIY-lahk ston)
Magnesite Gemstone Beads and Components Magnesite - MAG-nuh-site
Magnetite Gemstone Beads and Components Magnetite - MAG-nuh-tite
Malachite Gemstone Beads and Components Malachite - MAL-ah-kite
Marble Gemstone Beads and Components Marble - MAR-bul
  • Autumn Hickoryite - AW-tuhm HIK-uh-ree-ite
  • Canyon - KAN-yuhn
  • Dolomite - DO-luh-mite
  • Picasso - pi-KAH-so (or: pee-KAH-saw)
  • Portoro - por-TOR-oh
  • Rosa - RO-za
Marcasite Beads and Components Marcasite - MAR-kuh-site
Moldavite Gemstone Beads and Components Moldavite - MOL-duh-vite
Moonstone Gemstone Beads and Components Moonstone - MOON-ston
Morganite Gemstone Beads and Components Morganite - MOR-guh-nite
Obsidian Gemstone Beads and Components Obsidian - ahb-SID-ee-in
  • Mahogany - mah-HOG-uh-nee
Onyx Gemstone Beads and Components Onyx - AH-niks
Opal Gemstone Beads and Components Opal - O-pul
  • Ethiopian - ee-thee-OH-pee-un
  • Peruvian - per-ROO-vee-in- (or: pay-ROO-vee-in)
Pearls Pearl - PURL
Peridot Gemstone Beads and Components Peridot - PAYR-ih-do (or: PAYR-ih-dot)
Pietersite Gemstone Beads and Components Pietersite - PEE-tur-site
Pinolith Gemstone Beads and Components Pinolith - PIY-noh-lith
Petrified Wood Beads and Components Petrified Wood - PET-rif-ide wuhd (or: PECH-rif-ide wuhd)
Prehnite Gemstone Beads and Components Prehnite - PRAY-nite
Pyrite Gemstone Beads and Components Pyrite - PIY-rite
Quartz Gemstone Beads and Components Quartz - KWARTS
  • Champagne - sham-PAYN
  • Lodolite - LO-duh-lite
  • Quartzite - KWARTS-ite
  • Tourmalinated - TOOR-mah-li-nay-ted
Rhodochrosite Gemstone Beads and Components Rhodochrosite - roe-doe-CROW-site
Rhodonite Gemstone Beads and Components Rhodonite - ROE-duh-nite
Rhyolite Gemstone Beads and Components Rhyolite - RIY-oh-lite
Riverstone Gemstone Beads and Components Riverstone - RIV-ur-ston
Ruby Gemstone Beads and Components Ruby - ROO-bee
Sapphire Gemstone Beads and Components Sapphire - SAF-fire
Sardonyx Gemstone Beads and Components Sardonyx - sar-DON-iks
Selenite Gemstone Beads and Components Selenite - SEL-eh-nite - (or: sih-LEE-nite)
Seraphinite Gemstone Beads and Components Seraphinite - sayr-uh-FEEN-ite
Serpentine Gemstone Beads and Components Serpentine - SUR-pen-teen
  • Verdite - VER-dite
Soapstone - SOP-ston
Sodalite Gemstone Beads and Components Sodalite - SO-da-lite
Spinel Gemstone Beads and Components Spinel - spin-NEL
Stichtite Gemstone Beads and Components Stichtite - STIK-tite
Sugilite Gemstone Beads and Components Sugilite - SOOG-eh-lite (or: SOOJ-eh-lite)
Sunstone Gemstone Beads and Components Sunstone - SUN-ston
Tanzanite Gemstone Beads and Components Tanzanite - TAN-zuh-nite
Tigereye Gemstone Beads and Components Tigereye - TIY-gur-iy
Tiger Iron Gemstone Beads and Components Tiger Iron - TIY-gur IY-urn
Topaz Gemstone Beads and Components Topaz - TOH-paz
  • Mystic - MIST-ik
Tourmaline Gemstone Beads and Components Tourmaline - TOUR-ma-leen
Turquoise Gemstone Beads and Components Turquoise - TER-KWOYZ
  • Fuchsia - FYOO-shah
  • Mystic - MIST-ik
Tektite Gemstone Beads and Components Tektite - TEK-tite
Unakite Gemstone Beads and Components Unakite - YOU-na-kite
Vesuvianite Gemstone Beads and Components Vesuvianite - vuh-SOO-vee-uh-nite
Blue Zircon Beads and Components Zircon - ZUR-con
Ruby in Zoisite Gemstone Beads and Components Zoisite - ZO-i-site

Other Bead Material

Cabochons Cabochon - CAB-oh-shawn
Cloisonne Beads and Components Cloisonné - cloy-suh-NAY
DZI Components DZi - zee
Gallé Gallé - gal-LAY
Goldstone Gemstone Beads and Components Goldstone - GOLD-ston
Heishi Beads Heishi - HEE-shee
  • Cebu - se-BOO
  • Conus - KO-nuhs
  • Cowrie - KOW-ree
  • Puka - POO-kuh
  • Voluta - voh-LOO-tah
Millefiori Glass Beads Millefiori - mil-uh-fee-OR-ee (or: mil-uh-fee-AW-ree)
Nut and Seed Beads and Components Nuts and Seeds
  • Betel - BEET-ul
  • Buri - BOOR-ee (or: BUR-ee)
  • Kukui - koo-KOO-ee
  • Pilli - PEE-lee
  • Puang Liso - POO-ang lee-SO
Czech Glass Beads Preciosa - preh-see-OH-sah
Silamide Thread Silamide - SIL-uh-mide
Swarovski Crystals Swarovski® - swore-OFF-skee
Shell Beads and Components Shell - SHEL
  • Abalone - ab-uh-LO-nee
  • Cabibe - kuh-BEE-beh
  • Capiz - kuh-PEEZ (or: ka-PEEZ)
  • Cowrie - KOW-ree
  • Limpet - LIM-pit
  • Metra - MEH-chrah
  • Monita Cowrie - moh-NEE-tah KOW-ree
  • Mussel - MUS-ul
  • Operculum - oh-PUR-kyuh-luhm
  • Osmina - os-MEEN-ah
  • Paua - POW-uh
  • Shiva - SHEE-vah
  • Trocha - CHROH-kah
Wood Beads and Components Wood
  • Bamboo - bam-boo
  • Cassia - KAS-ee-uh (or: KASH-uh)
  • Coco - KO-ko
  • Mabolo - ma-BO-lo
  • Nangka - NANG-ka


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