Pink jadeite and pink Coral

Can you tell me the difference between these two stones


There is lavender but not pink jadeite. “Pink jadeite” is sometimes a trade term for some other mineral. Pink coral is a soft, organic gemstone from the ocean. In general, jadeite is a very tough and fairly hard gemstone while pink coral is porous and more fragile.

Hope this helps,

Phoebe Shang, GG
IGS Team Member

There are 2 things you can try. First is hardness…jadeite is very hard, around 8 (more or less). Coral is “soft”… around 3. Second is acid…coral is Calcium Carbonate, it will react (fizz) to Hydrochloric Acid (dilute to 10%). The difference between the two examples could be called extreme.