A relatively rare silicate mineral found in igneous and metamorphic rocks around the world,Beryl is generally clear, while its variations in color are better known by other names: Emerald (green, due to traces of chromium or vanadium), Heliodor (yellow, due to traces of iron), Aquamarine (blue, due to traces of iron), Morganite (pink, due to traces of manganese), Golden Beryl and Red Beryl. Our Beryl strands include a number of examples of the varieties, including Aquamarine and Morganite.



Used exclusively as a gemstone until the 1920s, some common beryl is processed to recover beryllium, a rare element used in a number of industries. Cheaper sources have been discovered, but beryl mining byproduct is still sometimes used.



Beryl remains a relatively rare mineral because beryllium rarely occurs in large enough quantities to produce minerals.



Berylonce had another significant use: When the first eyeglasses were constructed in 13th century Italy, the lenses were made of beryl, as glass could not be made clear enough. And while rare, Beryl can be found in massive amounts -- one crystal found in Albany, Maine measured nearly 18 by 4 feet, and weighed approximately 40,000 pounds, but even that one pales in comparison to the crystal found in Madagascar in 1999, which measured 59 by 11 feet and weighed 840,000 pounds.






5 Comments

Gale Dennison

Date 3/8/2021

I did love beryl and use different sizes etc for jewelry . Am glad you have some to sell!

Cynthia Landry

Date 3/8/2021

I’ve been told that if. Beyl doesn’t reach a certain saturation of green. It is not considered emerald but just green beryl?

Ken Rogers

Date 3/8/2021 5:15:48 PM

The difference between emeralds and green beryl, are, even though both are green, the color and saturation are slightly different, and (unlike Green Beryl) the color in Emeralds is caused by traces of chromium or vanadium. Plus REAL Emeralds exhibit a "jardine" or internal inclusions and fissures that, to the eye, or a 10x loupe, look like a "garden". Many fine, gem, Emeralds have had the "jardine' filled in with oils and/or resins, to 'clear up" the stone.

Ken Rogers

Date 3/8/2021

This post is wonderful, but I found a humorous quirk. You say: "Berylonce had another significant use". So I must ask, how did Beyonce use Beryl? :)

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Date 3/13/2021

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