“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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Ice Quartz is a marketing name for Growth Interrupted Quartz from the Himalayas. Also given the marketing
name of Nirvana Quartz.
India Jade or Indian Jade is a misleading marketing name for Green Aventurine (Var. Quartz).
Infinite™ is a legally trademarked name for a variety of African Serpentine. Registered by Steven Rosley on
December 25, 2007
Imperial Mexican Jade is not a Jade at all. It is a dyed green Calcite.
Iolite is a synonym for gemmy blue/violet Cordierite.
Iris Quartz is a synonym for naturally occurring Quartz crystals displaying internal spectral colors under minor rhombohedral faces.
Jadine is a misleading marketing name for Australian Chrysoprase.
Kiwi Jasper is actually an igneous rock, not a mineral. It also does not contain Amazonite or other microcline. It also DOES NOT contain tourmaline. The XRD report shows that “Kiwi jasper” is a rock (most likely a micro granite) consisting of albite, orthoclase, a mineral from the smectite group, quartz and muscovite. Research and testing courtesy of Rolf Egberink
Labradorite Feldspar, Black is a synonym for Larvikite.
Lavenderite is a marketing name Stitchtite. Another company uses this same name to market a lilac to lavender colored Phosphosiderite from Peru. I did send an inquiry for clarification to the owner. The response was as follows: “Dear Kristi, you are right! The mineral name for the stone is lilac phosphosiderite. We have been calling it Lavenderite for years, and we weren’t aware that others were marketing Stichtite as Lavenderite. We’ll make a note about this in the next catalog.”
Lavulite is a synonym for Sugilite.
Lazurine, Pink™ is a non-registered trademark name for a man-made, laboratory grown glass fused with
Leaverite is simply a joke, a general name used by rock folk/collectors for a rock that has no intrinsic value. So
you “leave er right” there.
Lemon Chrysoprase is a misleading name (it is NOT Chrysoprase) for a nickel rich variety of Magnesite that
comes from Australia. Chrysoprase is a type of Chalcedony. Magnesite is from the Calcite group.
Lemon Jade is a misleading name for Serpentine (NOT a Jade).
Lemurian Aquatine Calcite™ is a non-registered trademark name for an Aqua colored Calcite from
Argentina. See Blue Onyx
Lemurian Jade is marketing name for a combination of Black Jade, Quartz, Pyrite and other trace minerals from
a remote mine in Peru.
Lemurian Red Calcite™ This is a layered red Calcite, more than likely from Mexico.
Lilac Lepidolite™ is a non-registered trademark name for African Lepidolite.
Lizard Stone Jasper is a marketing name for Chrysotile, which is actually a member of the Serpentine Group.
Lodalite is a marketing name for Quartz with inclusions (including but not limited to Chlorite, Iron Oxide, etc.)
“Lodalite” actually comes from Lodo or Loda, (which I was told by one of my vendors who purchases this
material) often can be translated to mean, “s**t.” Basically, the Brazilians decided, “hey, there’s some st
in that Quartz, let’s call it Lodalite”. It actually makes me laugh because many people don’t know that and use the
name thinking it is a mineral. It in fact refers to LOTS of minerals in those crystals, and at times also describes the
Chlorite included Quartz from the same locality.
Magdalene/Magdalena Stone is a marketing name for the tumbled version of Witches Fingers (See “Witches
Fingers” below). It does not appear to have any trademarks attached.
Magnifier Quartz™ is a non-registered trademark name for clear to cloudy Quartz points. Yup. Quartz. It is
touted to, “amplify the effects of just about anything”. But ALL quartz does that simply by the energy vibration it carries.
Malaysian Jade is a misleading marketing name for Dyed Quartzite.
Malacholla (holy molla!) is a new marketing name for a combination of Chrysocolla and Malachite which has been around forever.
Master Shamanite™ Found on a recent message board by a certified geologist AND Shaman, “Garden variety
black Limestone/Calcite with a few fossils in it. Nothing about it, such as fossils or trace minerals like Strontianite
and Zircon, is unusual. The commercial value of this stone is a few cents, but it is sold for 10’s of dollars.
Clearly a scam.”
Medusa Quartz a marketing name for Gilalite.
Melody Stone™ a legally trademarked name for a combination of Quartz, Smoky, Amethyst, Rutile,
Lepidocrocite, Cacoxenite and Goethite. Registration Date January 6, 2015 by Melody.
Merkabite Calcite™ is a non-registered trademark/marketing name for white calcite purportedly
ONLY found in Kansas.
Merlinite is a marketing name for Psilomelane, according to the Crystal Bible by Judy Hall. It is often suggested it is
a blend of Psilomelane and Quartz. It is ALSO often touted to be Dendritic Opal or white chalcedony containing dendrites (mindat.org) Most recently refers to Indigo Gabbro. Let’s face it; Merlinite appears to be a very popular, if misleading name, for a bunch of different things. 🙂
Metamorphosis Quartz is a marketing name for Opalized Quartz.
Mexican Jade is both misleading in name and species. It is really Onyx and/or Calcite dyed Green.
Midnight Lemurian Jade is marketing name for a combination of Black Jade, Quartz, Pyrite and other minerals from a remote mine in Peru.
Mojave Turquoise is a laboratory created dyed Turquoise. Turquoise bits are crushed, dyed and compressed to make this “new” type of Turquoise.
Moldau™ is a non-registered Trademarked name for quartz. Yes, Quartz. The name is supposedly a nod to this
quartz being found in the same region as Moldavite but not containing Moldavite.
Mugglestone is a marketing name for Tiger Iron.
Mystic Merlinite™ is another non-registered trademark/marketing name for Indigo Gabbro. The
trademark was originally applied for in 2009. It was abandoned on April 6, 2010 and is now considered
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To the creators and members of Mindat.org who tirelessly and patiently answered each of my inquiries, I thank you.To the myriad of websites, far too many to name, who provided breadcrumbs leading to the truth, I thank you.
To those who brought new marketing names to my attention for further research, I thank you.