Yes-Chinese and Asian women wear gemstone jewelry that is not jade! I found this shopping in Beijing near the Pearl Market with many other jewelry made by locals. The pink quartz beads and blue green and pink cloisonne beads are 12mm round. Other assorted beads for accents. Length is 26" to slip over your head and no clasp to distract from the beauty of the beads.
From Ying Yu's Jewelry box, personal collection of too many items I own, have not worn and want to share with you.