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June 25, 2012

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Very interesting! Next question: Why in the world is "paste" another name for such faux gems, when their composition seems like the opposite of pasty?

@Jan: I had hoped to include an answer to the "paste" question in this post, but I hit nothing but dead ends. Could there be a step in the process that involves some sort of soft goo? Or was it a corruption of "impostor"? The OED doesn't say.

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