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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Imitation pearl

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.