Types of Marbles
- Alley or real - made of marble or alabaster (alley is short for alabaster), streaked with wavy or other patterns with exotic names like corkscrew, spiral, snake, ribbon, onyx, swirl, bumblebee, butterfly, and...
- Toothpaste - wavy streaks usually with red, blue, black, white, orange
- Turtle - wavy streaks containing green and yellow
- Ade - strands of opaque white and color, making lemon-ade, lime-ade, orange-ade, etc.
- Oxblood - a streaky patch resembling blood
- Lutz - a type of swirl, taken from the skating term
- Onionskin - swirled and layered like an onion
- Clambroth - equally spaced opaque lines on a usually opaque base
- Cat's Eye or catseye - central eye-shaped colored inserts or cores (injected inside the marble)
- Viagra - a blue strand of liquid
- Devil's Eye - red with yellow eye
- Beachball - three colors and six vanes
- Aggie - made of agate (aggie is short for agate) or glass resembling agate, with various patterns like in the alley
- Mica - glassy to translucent with streaks or patches of mica, ranging from clear to misty
- Sulphide - clear with an object inside
- China - glazed porcelain, with various patterns like in the alley
- Plaster - a form of china that is unglazed
- Indian - dark and opaque, usually black?
- Commie or common - made of clay
- Bennington - clay fired in a kiln with salt glaze
- Steely - made of steel
- Croton alley or Jasper - glazed and unglazed china marbled with blue
- Crystal or clearie or purie - any clear colored glass - including
"opals," "glimmers," "bloods," "rubies," etc. These can have any number
of descriptive names such as "deep blue sea".
- Princess - a tinted crystal
- Galaxy - lots of dots inserted like a sky of stars