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Gemstones Misnomers


Gemstones misnomer are misleading names for gems.  Perhaps these names are given to romanticize and glorify their names so that a seller would be able to sell the gemstones easier.  Some names may originate from their locality, in part for want of a better name initially when they were first discovered.  Or these names are meant to mislead, as they almost resemble the original mineral material.

In China, in fact all stone carvings, jewelry loose gemstones, figurines or ornamental stone items are classified as jade (as in the Chinese character of Jade, 玉).  So one has to be careful of what the seller represents when buying such gemstones.

Misnomers are different from trade names.  For example, to the Chinese, Imperial Jade will mean Burmese Jadeite Jade.  Jadeite Jade is also known by its trade name of Hard Jade, whereas Nephrite Jade is known by its trade name of Soft Jade.

The following are misnomers.  I have plugged a picture so that the reader can easily associate such misnomers to their original mineral.

Just browse through it and you will remember it, in case you may come across such terms in future then you will be wiser.

If you want to know more about misnomers this website is an excellent one to read : www.gemscape.com

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