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Gemstone Beads Index

Discover the Story Behind Each Bead!
From geology to metaphysics, this gemstone guide gives insight into the origins and uses of more than 325 gemstones. Most entries include:
  • Origin of the stone's name
  • "Also known as" (aka) names
  • Chemical composition
  • Where it is found
  • Details about industry practices, enhancements, & synthetics
  • Metaphysical properties
  • History and fun trivia facts
  • Care recommendations

We're honest about our gemstones, even when it hurts!

"Are our gemstone beads dyed, treated, enhanced or manmade? In many cases, the answer is yes. Sometimes customers are confused because we reveal when our products are enhanced (or even manmade) while competitors claim the same products are natural. We've lost sales when customers seeking 'genuine' gemstones went to competitors, yet ended up with the exact product as what we sell. This has been the case with hematite beads, African 'amber,' cherry 'quartz' and other stones where the industry was slow to acknowledge materials and processes that replaced or improved upon natural products."

— Russ Nobbs (Co-Owner, Rings & Things)

 
Rings & Things Gemstone Beads Index

Browse our Gem Index for free online (links below) or get our printed book ($20).

Online Gemstone Beads Index


Stones are organized by family. For example, to find information on Black Banded Agate, click on "Agate". This is true for descriptive names as well (for example, you will find "New Jade" under "Jade", even though it is actually a type of Serpentine).
        – A –

Abalone Shell
Agate
Agatized Fossil Coral
Amazonite
Amber & Amber Stone
Amethyst
Apatite
Aquamarine
Aventurine
Azurite

      – B –

Black Stone
Bloodstone
Bronzite

      – C –

Calcite
Carnelian
Chalcedony
Charoite
Chrysocolla
Chrysoprase
Citrine
Coral
Cubic Zirconia

      – D –

Dalmatiner
Dinosaur Bone
Dumortierite

      – E –

Emerald

      – F –

Feldspar
Fluorite

      – G –

Garnet
Goldstone

      – H –

Hematite
Hemimorphite
Howlite
Hypersthene

      – I –

Impression Stone
Iolite

      – J –

Jade
Jasper
Jet

      – K –

Kunzite
Kyanite

      – L –

Labradorite
Lapis
Larimar
Larvikite
Lava Stone
Lepidolite
Lizardite

      – M –

Magnesite
Malachite
Mica
Mixed Stone
Moldavite
Mookaite
Moonstone
Morganite
Mother of Pearl

      – O –

Obsidian
Onyx
Opal
Opalite

      – P –

Paua Shell
Peach Stone
Pearl
Peridot
Picasso Marble
Pietersite
Prase
Prehnite
Pyrite

      – Q –

Quartz
Quartz, Lab Grown
"Quartz", Glass

      – R –

Rhodochrosite
Rhodonite
Rhyolite
Riverstone
Ruby
Ruby Zoisite

      – S –

Sapphire
Septarian
Serpentine
Smithsonite
Snow Stone
Soapstone
Sodalite
Spectrolite
Spinel
Spiny Oyster
Sugilite
Sunstone

      – T –

Tanzanite
Tektite
Tiger Iron
Tigereye
Topaz
Tourmaline
Turquoise

      – U –

Unakite
Uvarovite

      – W –

Wonderstone



A Book for You and Your Customers


The hardcopy Gemstone Beads Index from Rings & Things A printed Gemstone Beads Index can be ordered for $20. Around 70 pages in length, this book makes a great addition to your guild/bead society library or just a good read. Also, you can display it with your gemstone creations as a point of sale — give your customers instant information about stones that interest them. Don't want to them to discover your gemstone source? This book is designed to accommodate! The cover pages are removable, and our name is not mentioned on the information pages.

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