“Renaming a crystal or mineral with a fancy foo foo name is prostituting Mother Nature’s children. It is neither necessary nor appropriate. Dress it up and give it a fancy name and sell it for more than it is worth, is a common practice for few in the metaphysical community. The practice of misleading and making something it is not, is the practice commonly used by politics and snake oil salesmen.”
Honesty, Integrity, Truth in labeling.
The Rebel Rocker
This will never be a complete list although I have added a few new names I have already researched to the list. New crystals and minerals are found all the time and old rocks are increasingly given “new” names. I believe this is a great guide to get you started and encourages you to always ask questions.
It should be noted that federal registration of a trademark is not mandatory, meaning anyone can stick a TM on anything that no one else has legal rights to. One specific company is a master at this with less than 10% of its Trademarked names actually appearing in any of the Trademark databases.
LEGAL Trademarks do, however, have several advantages, including notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration.
For the excerpt list below and in the complete book, several Trademark databases were searched, including those in Canada, the UK, Australia and the US.
At the time of compiling the list, some names may have been trademarked after the fact, while others may have dropped their Trademark application. Please excuse any inconsistencies. When I find updates, I will post them here.
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Dendritic Opal is often called by the marketing name Merlinite.
Dream Quartz is a marketing name for Quartz crystals with Epidote inclusions. There is also Shaman Dream quartz, aka Garden Quartz which is also quartz with various inclusions, most often of the colorful chlorite variety. See Lodolite
Dragon’s Blood (Australia) refers to a fuchsite and red jasper combination found in the Pilbara region of Western Australia at a locality named Abydos not far from the town of Port Hedland.
Dragonstone/Dragon Stone (South Africa) is a combination of green and a manganese rich red Epidote.
Elestial Angel Calcite™ is a non-registered trademark name for a low grade white calcite found in the Southwest desert region of the US. The patterning is more than likely caused sand and by weathering.
Elestial Quartz is a trade name for Jacare’ Quartz.
Endurite is a made up marketing name for all too common banded Red Jasper and Hematite.
Fairy Quartz is marketing name for Spirit Quartz aka Cactus Quartz.
Feather River Jade is a misleading marketing name for Californite (Var. Vesuvianite).
Fire and Ice Quartz is a marketing name for thermally shocked/heat treated quartz. It is NOT a natural occurrence and it is not rare as many would have you believe, although indicated by its astronomically high prices, it should contain gold, or something!
Flower Wood Jasper (also called Purple Flower Jasper and Chinese Flower Jasper) is a marketing name re-do by China who originally sold this as Charoite. It is neither a Jasper nor Charoite. It is a combination of D grade materials including Fluorite, Quartz and iron
Fordite aka Detroit Agate is not an agate or any mineral at all! It is created by old automobile paint layers which
have hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the buildup of layers of enamel paint slag
on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spraypainted, which had been baked numerous times. In recent times the material has been recycled as ecofriendly jewelry.
Gaia Stone is a marketing ploy for misidentifying manufactured glass supposedly colored with volcanic ash
from Mt. St. Helen.
Girasol is a marketing name for opalized quartz.
Golden Coracalcite™ is a marketing name and a non-registered trademark name for Golden/Honey Calcite located in Florida. Others reference a combination of Coral (composed primarily of calcium carbonate) and Calcite.
Grape Agate, Grape Botryoidal Agate, Botryoidal Grape Agate– Marketing name/trade name for a new material coming out of Indonesia. It is actually a Chalcedony with lots of little globes/spheres. I think Botryoidal Grape Chalcedony would be more accurate.
Guardianite™ is a fancy marketing name for nepheline syenite from Table Mountain, Lincoln County, Oregon.
“The mineralogical description given for Guardianite is a helpful clue (” a complex material, composed of the minerals aegirine, feldspar, nepheline, analcime, riebeckite-arfvedsonite, biotite, olivine and apatite”). There is no mention of quartz but nepheline is mentioned. The absence of quartz and presence of nepheline is characteristic of a rock called a nepheline syenite. The mineralogical description of the nepheline syenite from Table Mountain matches that of the Guardianite – both contain alkali feldspar, nepheline, analcime, olivine, aegrine, riebeckite-arfvedsonite, biotite, [opaque minerals] and apatite. “ Many thanks to Clark Niewendorp | Field Geologist Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries who was extremely helpful and provided links and documentation to aid in my research.
Harlequin Quartz is a marketing name for Quartz with inclusions of Hematite and/or Lepidocrocite.
Healerite™ is a non-registered trademark name for a Calcite and Serpentine blend rich in magnesium and aluminum. The mine is owned by Jim and Jennifer Sali and is more accurately identified by the mine owners as Noble Serpentine.
Healer’s Gold™ is a non-registered trademark name for a combination of Magnetite and Pyrite found in Arizona.
Helenite is a marketing name for glass introduced with volcanic ash for color. It is not natural Obsidian.
Hypersthene is a trade name for Ferroan Enstatite.
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