Identification of Stones

by Rosa de Mey
(Upper Hutt, New Zealand)

Coral Beads

Coral Beads

Coral Beads
Various Shades of Carnelian Beads

I bought a silver filigree bracelet in a duty free store in Guangzhou (Canton) about 26 years ago. There are six stones in it.

The best way I can describe the colour of the stones is a light peachy orange.

I hope someone can help me.


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Resources to Identify Gemstones
by: Wanda

Hello Rosa,

The identification of a stone based solely on a description of its color can be tricky. Sometimes the color of stones is enhanced in some way.

Posting a picture of your bracelet that prominently shows the stones may help us to identify the gemstone. Simply submit the picture as you did your question and I will post it here.

Based on where you purchased your bracelet, the stones may be made of some type of shell (technically, not stone as in rocks). According to Wikipedia, Guangzhou (a sub-provincial city in China) is located on the Pearl River which is named for the pearl colored shells that are found on the bottom of it.

Another possibility is coral and I have posted a picture of coral beads for you to see. Some corals have a peachy orange color and were more plentiful 26 years ago.

Of course, without at least a picture and/or examination of the stones within your bracelet (as I'm not a gemologist) I cannot be certain of the identity of your stones.

You have already consulted the Gemstone Chart on (above, I inserted the link for the page that you mentioned in your question), but did not find your stone.

So, here are some other resources that may help you identify just what gemstone is in your jewelry.

(1) Take your bracelet to a local jeweler or lapidary society. They will be able to see the stones first hand to help you identify them.

(2) Go to where you can find out all about colored gemstones.

(3) Use a book to help you identify the stone. Here's one book title: The Book of Stones, Who They Are and What They Teach, written by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian. This book has pictures of hundreds of stones and speaks about their metaphysical properties.

Your bracelet is obviously a treasure to you since you have managed to keep for twenty six years. So, I do hope that these resources will help in identifying the gemstones within your jewelry.


Identifying a Gemstone
by: Rosa

Hello Wanda,

Thank you very much for your interesting answer. Tomorrow I will try posting a picture, but I've been having technical problems (will keep my fingers crossed).

The coral beads are pinker, but look to be a similar texture. I have very little knowledge about gemstones and I would imagine it is quite a complex subject.

Identifying a Gemstone
by: Rosa

I was unable to post a photo, but it (my bracelet with stones) is probably identified now.

A jeweller thinks the stones are carnelian.

I looked that name up on and the pendant in the middle of the page is very similar in appearance.


Identifying Stones and Gemstones
by: Wanda


I'm glad to hear that a jeweler has tentatively identified the stones in your beloved bracelet.

Posted above is a picture of some carnelian beads that I have on hand.

As I'm sure the jeweler mentioned, carnelian is often heat treated to obtain various shades of reddish/orange.

Now that you may know what stones are in your bracelet, you'll enjoy and cherish it even more!

Identifying Gems
by: Rosa

Thank you Wanda for your comments.

I did not know that stones could be heat treated to alter the colour of stones. I found that amazing.

There's not much they can't do now!

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