A Gem By Any Other Name
Written by Quick Jewelry Repairs
September 3, 2016
We’ve all heard the classic Shakespeare quote, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” from Romeo & Juliet. But does that principle apply to gemstones? Today, we’re taking a look at some gemstones with misleading trade names to see if the quote rings true in all scenarios.
1. Green amethyst – while we love this green gem, amethyst is actually only a name for the specific shade of purple quartz that it represents. So there’s no such thing as “green amethyst” but it’s really just a green quartz.
2. Blue alexandrite – this gorgeous stone isn’t actually an alexandrite. Instead, it’s a rare phenomenon: color-change sapphire. While both change colors, the stone is made up of corundum.
3. African emerald – this gem does come from Africa, but that’s the only truth in this stone’s name. It’s really a gorgeous green fluorite.
4. Goldstone – the least honest of all the items on this list, this stone isn’t a true stone at all. This trade name doesn’t give any indication that the real material behind this “gem” is actually colored glass.
5. White onyx – onyx can be one of two stones: either a solid black chalcedony or a banded black and white agate. But white onyx is not actually the official name of the gem. No, this gem is more accurately named white agate.
6. Smoky topaz – this was originally thought to be a form of topaz, but in truth, it’s actually a form of quartz. The same goes for whiskey topaz.
7. Ceylon opal – like the smoky topaz and African emerald, this gem is one of many misnomers in jewelry trade terms. But this lovely stone is truly a moonstone.
8. Herkimer diamond – a beautiful stone in it’s own right, this gem isn’t a real form of diamond. We love this amazing quartz stone anyway.
So now that we’ve covered all of the beautiful if slightly misleading trade terms, are there gems on the list that you still wouldn’t want? Let us know what you think of these terms in the comments!
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