Gemstone Material Types


Trade names are terms used in the jewelry-making industry to refer to materials that resemble natural gemstones. These names show up in quotation marks or have parenthetical (imitation) or (manmade) following them in their descriptions. When buying trade name products, use this chart to discover what the actual material is.

Material Type Actual Material
African ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Components
African ''Jade''
Quartz
African ''Turquoise'''' Gemstone Beads and Components
African ''Turquoise''
Jasper
Amber (assembled) Gemstone Beads
Amber (assembled)
Amber/Resin
Amber (imitation) Gemstone Beads
Amber (imitation)
Resin
Aqua Terra ''Jasper'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Aqua Terra ''Jasper''
Onyx Marble
Azurite-Malachite (assembled) Gemstone Beads and Components
Azurite-Malachite (assembled)
Azurite/Malachite/Resin
Azurite-Malachite (imitation) Gemstone Beads and Components
Azurite-Malachite (imitation)
Resin
Black ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Black ''Jade''
Serpentine
Black Moss ''Quartz''
Glass
Black Onyx (imitation) Gemstone Beads
Black Onyx (imitation)
Plastic
Blue Lace Agate (imitation) Gemstone Beads and Components
Blue Lace ''Agate'' (imitation)
Resin
Chinese ''Chrysoprase'' Gemstone Beads
Chinese ''Chrysoprase''
Serpentine
Ching Hai ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads
Ching Hai ''Jade''
Dolomite/Fuchsite
Cinnabar (imitation) Gemstone Beads and Components
Cinnabar (imitation)
Resin
''Coral'' Beads
''Coral''
Resin
''Druzy'' and Druzy (imitation) Gemstone Beads and Components
''Druzy'' and Druzy (imitation)
Resin
Golden ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Golden ''Jade''
Quartz
Goldstone Gemstone Beads and Components
Goldstone Gemstone Beads and Components
Goldstone
Glass w/Copper Flecks
Green Earth ''Jasper'' Gemstone Beads
Green Earth ''Jasper''
Serpentine
Green ''Opal'' Gemstone Beads
Green ''Opal''
Chalcedony
Howlite (imitation) Gemstone Beads and Components
Howlite (imitation)
Resin
Italian ''Onyx'' Gemstone Beads
Italian ''Onyx''
Onyx Marble
Jet (imitation) Gemstone Beads
Jet (imitation)
Plastic
''Lapis Lazuli'' Gemstone Beads
''Lapis Lazuli''
Resin
Lemon ''Chrysoprase'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Lemon ''Chrysoprase''
Citron Magnesite
''Malachite'' Gemstone Beads
''Malachite''
Resin
Malaysia ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Malaysia ''Jade''
Quartz
Marble (imitation)
Resin
Mexican Opal (manmade) Gemstone Beads
Mexican Opal (manmade)
Silica/Epoxy
Mosaic ''Turquoise'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Mosaic ''Turquoise''
Magnesite/Resin
Mountain ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Mountain ''Jade''
Dolomite Marble
New ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads
New ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads
New ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads
New ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads
New ''Jade''
Serpentine
''Opal'' Gemstone Beads and Components
''Opal''
Silica/Epoxy
Peace ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Peace ''Jade''
Serpentine/White Quartz
Peridot ''Jasper'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Peridot ''Jasper''
Serpentine
Pink Shell (imitation) Gemstone Beads
''Pink Shell'' (imitation)
Plastic
Pipestone (imitation) Gemstone Beads
''Pipestone'' (imitation)
Plastic
''Quartz'' Assortments and Mixes
''Quartz''
Glass
Rainbow ''Stone'' Gemstone Beads
Rainbow ''Stone''
Plastic
Red ''Malachite'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Red ''Malachite''
Marble
Rhodonite (imitation) Gemstone Beads
''Rhodonite'' (imitation)
Plastic
Saguaro 'Jasper'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Saguaro ''Jasper''
Serpentine
Sea ''Opal'' Gemstone Beads
Sea ''Opal''
Glass
Spiny Oyster (imitation) Gemstone Beads
''Spiny Oyster'' (imitation)
Plastic
Sugilite (imitation) Gemstone Components
''Sugilite'' (imitation)
Plastic
Tigerskin ''Jasper'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Tigerskin ''Jasper''
Limestone
Turquoise (imitation) Gemstone Beads and Components
Turquoise (imitation)
Resin
Variscite (imitation) Gemstone Beads
''Variscite'' (imitation)
Plastic
White Jasper (imitation) Gemstone Beads and Components
White ''Jasper'' (imitation)
Plastic
White ''Opal'' Gemstone Beads and Components
White ''Opal''
Manmade
Yellow ''Jade'' Gemstone Beads and Components
Yellow ''Jade''
Quartz
Yellow ''Turquoise'' Gemstone Beads
Yellow ''Turquoise''
Serpentine w/Quartz
Zebra ''Jasper'' Gemstone Beads
Zebra ''Jasper''
Onyx Marble

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