Global Stones in Pandora products, a brief overview. > read on

Stones in Pandora products, a brief overview. > read on


In the pro­duc­tion of its jew­el­ry, Pan­do­ra uses a lot of dif­fer­ent stones: pre­cious, semi-pre­cious and very sim­ple. Among them are nat­ur­al and arti­fi­cial.

The dia­mond is the most expen­sive stone and the only min­er­al that con­sists of one ele­ment — car­bon. It is the hard­est gem on the plan­et. All dia­monds used in Pan­do­ra prod­ucts are nat­ur­al and shaped with­out human inter­ven­tion.


The gem­stones that Pan­do­ra uses in her jew­el­ry are known for their beau­ty, rar­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty. They are shaped nat­u­ral­ly under the influ­ence of heat and pres­sure, and then with great care and skill are processed by the com­pa­ny’s jew­el­ers to give them a per­fect appear­ance. Stones can be clas­si­fied into dif­fer­ent grades based on col­or and clar­i­ty. Most gem­stones are min­er­als.

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It was cre­at­ed with the direct inter­ven­tion of man, but the way of its cre­ation is exact­ly the same as that of the nat­ur­al one. Nat­ur­al pearls are very rare now, and their price is very high. The mar­ket share of arti­fi­cial pearls in rela­tion to nat­ur­al is 95%. All pearls in Pan­do­ra jew­el­ry are arti­fi­cial. Its val­ue depends on the col­or, size and shape (more round pearls are val­ued more).

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arti­fi­cial stones

These stones are cre­at­eds man, not nature. Most of them have their nat­ur­al coun­ter­parts and are so close to them that only an expe­ri­enced jew­el­er’s eye can dis­tin­guish them. Of course, arti­fi­cial stone does not car­ry that halo of romance that we attribute to nat­ur­al stone, but it also has its advan­tages, such as a low­er price and a more uni­form col­or. The most com­mon­ly used stone in the pro­duc­tion of Pan­do­ra jew­el­ry is cubic zir­co­nia or oth­er­wise zir­co­ni­um or cubic zir­co­nia. Its nat­ur­al coun­ter­part is zir­con. The stone was pro­duced as an ana­logue of a dia­mond, it shim­mers beau­ti­ful­ly in the sun and sparkles. Zir­con is pro­duced in var­i­ous col­ors and shades.

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Below you can see the abbre­vi­a­tions that are assigned to a par­tic­u­lar stone and their full names.

Gems and pearls:

AM — amethyst

AVG — green aven­turine

AQ – aqua­ma­rine

BK /RC — rock crys­tal

BLA — blue lace agate

BRU — tour­ma­line quartz

BTP — blue topaz

CA – chal­cedony

CH — chryso­prase

CI / CIG – cit­rine

D — dia­mond

GQ / GAM — green quartz

GR / GA – gar­net

K / CAR – car­nelian

L / LP – lapis lazuli

LQ — lemon quartz

MA / PY – pyrite

MAG – mag­ne­site

MQ — milky quartz

MS — moon­stone

MSG — gray moon­stone

MSP — pink moon­stone

O / ON — black onyx

PAM — light amethyst

PE — olivine

POP — pink opal

PSA — heal­ing pink sap­phire

RRQ — Restored Rose Quartz

SFO — snow obsid­i­an

SPB / ME — black spinel

TPK — pink topaz

TPP — dark blue topaz

TQ — turquoise

WOP — white opal

GP — gray pearl

MP / MOP / MPW — moth­er-of-pearl

MPB — moth­er-of-pearl black pearl

P — white pearl

PNP / NP — reg­u­lar pearls

Arti­fi­cial stones:

ACZ — pur­ple zir­co­ni­um

CBK — black Mura­no glass

CCZ — gold­en zir­co­ni­um

CFL — clear blue cubic zir­co­nia

CFP — pure pur­ple zir­co­ni­um

CFR — pure red zir­co­ni­um

CLB — Mura­no blue ice

CPE — pur­ple mura­no

CPK — pink mura­no

CZ — zir­co­ni­um

CZA – aqua zir­co­ni­um

CZB — blue zir­co­ni­um

CZK — black zir­co­ni­um

CZLR — light red zir­co­ni­um

CZN — dark green zir­co­ni­um

CZR — red zir­co­ni­um

CZS — pure red zir­co­ni­um

CZY — yel­low zir­co­ni­um

EN — enam­el

FCZ — pure gold­en zir­co­ni­um

GCZ — green zir­co­ni­um

HES — arti­fi­cial hematite

LCZ — laven­der zir­co­ni­um

MCZ — aqua­ma­rine zir­co­nia

NBC — navy blue crys­tal

NCB — blue crys­tal

NCK — black crys­tal

NCY — gray crys­tal

NGC — green crys­tal

NOP — opal crys­tal

NSB — blue topaz

NTQ — turquoise crys­tal

NWC — opaque white crys­tal

PCZ — pink zir­co­ni­um

SAM — arti­fi­cial amethyst

SBQ — arti­fi­cial blue quartz

SGQ — arti­fi­cial green quartz

SLP — arti­fi­cial pink sap­phire

SGR — gold­en red arti­fi­cial ruby

SRU is arti­fi­cial ruby

SSG — green arti­fi­cial spinel

SSL — blue arti­fi­cial spinel

SST — turquoise arti­fi­cial spinel

On the Amer­i­can site, you can search for jew­el­ry by stones — enter the abbre­vi­a­tion of the stone you like, and you will see all the jew­el­ry in which it is present. This makes it very easy to find if you need a cer­tain col­or of the stone in the charm. For some rea­son, this search does not work on the Ukrain­ian ver­sion of the site.

The stones in the prod­ucts may dif­fer in shades — some­where brighter, some­where calmer — this is with­in the accept­able range.

Sep­a­rate­ly, I want to say about Mura­no glass charms and faceted Mura­no. They are also dif­fer­ent — both in col­or shade and in size, because they are cre­at­ed man­u­al­ly. Draw­ing on clas­sic mura­no is applied by mas­ters and they become like small paint­ings. More details about their cre­ation can be seen here.

After watch­ing this video, you will under­stand why mura­nos are dif­fer­ent from each oth­er. Faceted mura­nos are also cut by hand — each of them con­sists of 7 rows of facets, and there are more than 70 facets in total. There­fore, they can also vary slight­ly in size rel­a­tive to each oth­er.


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