Top 10 Gemstones Named For Their Appearance

There are gemstones named for people, locations and chemical elements. And there are gems named for their appearance, such as color, pattern, shape, resemblance.

The Top Ten

1 Star Sapphire

Yeah. An awesome looking star. - PhoenixAura81

Because it has a star, it resembles a star. - Metal_Treasure

The hell my girlfriend has one of those! - judo8alex

2 Watermelon Tourmaline Watermelon Tourmaline

Do I need to explain anything? - Metal_Treasure

3 Emerald Emerald

Its name means "green gem" - the word emerald was derived from the Greek word for "green gem".
Emerald is always green. Only green. - Metal_Treasure

4 Aquamarine Aquamarine

Aquamarine means "sea water" ("aqua marina" in Latin), a name given to it because of its color that is either blue or cyan, the colors of the sea water. - Metal_Treasure

5 Cat's Eye / Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye / Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl

Very strong resemblance - Metal_Treasure

That looks awesome. - PhoenixAura81

That's really cool! - awesomedp900


6 Ruby Ruby

Because its color is ruby (ruby is a shade of red or pink). - Metal_Treasure

7 Bloodstone Bloodstone

A stone with red spots that resemble blood drops - Metal_Treasure

8 Tiger's Eye Tiger's Eye
9 Moonstone Moonstone

Its name is derived from a visual effect - these gems often look like the moon (not the one on the picture though) - Metal_Treasure

10 Seraphinite Seraphinite

Its pattern resembles angel's wings with "flight feathers" and was named for the biblical seraphs or seraphim angels - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Topaz Topaz

Its name means “fire”

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