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Gem

China zhū yù
Japan shugyoku
Gem Vertical Wall Scroll

珠玉 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word meaning gem. Beyond just the word gem, this can refer to pearls and jades, jewels, a clever remark, beautiful writing, gems of wisdom, genius, or an outstanding person.

If your name is Gem, this is a nice way to represent your name in 3 Asian languages. Though the pronunciation will be far from Gem, the meaning of gem is really nice.

Note: In Japanese, this is sometimes used as the female given name, "Tama."

Gem

China bǎo shí
Gem Vertical Wall Scroll

寶石 is a Chinese word that means gem.

This literally means "precious stone."

Gem

Japan jimu
Gem Vertical Wall Scroll

ジム is the name Gem written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Ruby

China hóng bǎo shí
Ruby Vertical Wall Scroll

紅寶石 is the Chinese word for Ruby (as in the bright red gem).

Treasure

China bǎo
Japan takara
Treasure Vertical Wall Scroll

寶 means precious thing or treasure.

This can also mean precious, a gem, a pearl, or anything valuable.


宝The version of this character shown to the left is the traditional Chinese and ancient/traditional Japanese version. In modern Japan and China, this character has been simplified. This simplified version is shown to the right. If you want this modern Japanese/simplified version, just click the Kanji on the right, instead of the button above. If your audience is Chinese or Korean, I recommend the ancient/traditional form. Only consider the simplified form if your audience is younger Japanese people.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Gem珠玉shugyokuzhū yù / zhu1 yu4 / zhu yu / zhuyuchu yü / chuyü
Gem寶石
宝石
bǎo shí / bao3 shi2 / bao shi / baoshipao shih / paoshih
Gemジムjimu
Ruby紅寶石
红宝石
hóng bǎo shí
hong2 bao3 shi2
hong bao shi
hongbaoshi
hung pao shih
hungpaoshih
Treasure
takarabǎo / bao3 / baopao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.