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List of False or Misleading Gemstone Names

by International Gem Society

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Hey Loves!

There are so many stones and crystals with multiple names out there. Please be careful with crystals that are called by something else...

This list will be an ongoing list. Our goal here @rockcollage is to keep our customers informed and abreast of what's out there!

False Gemstone Name Actual Gemological Name Adelaide ruby Almandite African emerald Green fluorite Alaska diamond Rock crystal (quartz) American jade Green idocrase American ruby Pyrope or almandite (garnet) or rose quartz Arizona ruby Pyrope (garnet) Arizona spinel Red or Green garnet Arkansas diamond Rock crystal (quartz) Balas ruby Red spinel Blue alexandrite Color-change sapphire Blue moonstone Artificially blue-tinted chalcedony Bohemian chrysolite Moldavite (natural glass) Bohemian diamond Rock crystal (quartz) Bohemian ruby Pyrope (garnet) or rose quartz Brazilian aquamarine Bluegreen topaz Brazilian ruby Red or Pink topaz Brazilian sapphire Blue tourmaline Californian ruby Hessonite (grossular garnet) Candy spinel Almandite (garnet) Cape-chrysolite Green prehnite Cape-ruby Pyrope (garnet) Ceylon diamond Colorless zircon Ceylon opal Opal-like glimmery moonstone Copper lapis Azurite German diamond Rock crystal (quartz) German lapis Artificially blue-tinted jasper (chalcedony) Gold topaz Citrine (quartz) Indian jade Aventurine (quartz) King’s topaz Yellow sapphire Korean jade Serpentine Lithia amethyst Kunzite (spodumene) Lithia emerald Hiddenite (spodumene) Madeira topaz Citrine (quartz) Marmarosch diamond Rock crystal (quartz) Matura diamond Colorless fired zircon Mexican diamond Rock crystal (quartz) Mexican jade Artificially tinted green marble Montana ruby Red garnet Oriental amethyst Violet sapphire Oriental hyacinth Pink sapphire Oreintal topaz Yellow sapphire Palmyra topaz Brown synthetic sapphire Salmanca topaz Citrine (quartz) Saxon chrysolite Greenish-yellow topaz Saxon diamond Colorless topaz Serra topaz Citrine (quartz) Siamese aquamarine Blue zircon Siberian chrysolite Demantoid (garnet) Siberian ruby Red tourmaline (rubellite tourmaline) Simili diamond Glass imitation Slave-diamond Colorless topaz Smoky topaz Smoky quartz Spanish topaz Citrine (quartz) Strass diamond Glass imitation Transvaal jade Green hydrogrossular garnet Ural sapphire Blue tourmaline Viennese turquoise Artificially blue-tinted argillaceous earth


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