RED BERYL
Mineral Specimens and Faceted Stones

Updated May 25, 2014

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The Mineral specimens shown below are very rare red beryl crystals from the Violet Claim Mine located in the Wah Wah mountains, as well as from the Thomas Range, Utah. These are the only two places in the world where this variety of beryl is found.

What is red beryl? Bixbite or red beryl is another gem variety in the beryl family, which includes, goshenite (clear), aquamarine (green/blue), heilodor (yellow), emerald (green) and morganite (light pink). I personally collected the Thomas Range specimens in 2002.

The Faceted gems  shown below, are cut from gem grade crystals that are hydrothermally lab grown. A faceted gem cut from this lab grown crystal is shown below. It won the First Place Award in Lab Grown Stone category, in the 2006 International Gemmy's competition.

 

"Crown of Fire"
Photo by Robert Weldon.

This concave faceted original design won First Place in the 2006 International Gemmy's. It is lab grown hydrothermal bixbite (Red Beryl) This gem measures approx. 4.25 x 12 x 6.5 mm and weighs approx 4.75 ct. Now in a private collection. Gems that are custom cut with this design and many others, are available on special order.


Without question Red Beryl is one of the rarest gems on earth! In fact, in 2006 the Jeweler's Association named bixbite as the rarest gem on earth!  This replaced benitoite which held the title for many years.  However based on my personal experience of actually finding both gems, I must say that bixbite is second to the peridot from outer space that is found in pallasite meteorites!   (See my meteorite page for more information.) After red beryl hit the market it was advertised that only one woman in two million would ever own a stone of one carat size. It seems just unbelievable that the Violet Claim Mine was closed and doesn't look like it will ever reopen. Since the mine was closed, prices have risen dramatically. The red beryl from the Thomas Range is also extremely rare, and can still be found with some back breaking hard rock mining and lots of luck. I was very lucky and managed to find a number of very nice red beryl mineral specimens, but not without the help of my rockhound buddy! Some of those finds are offered here. The Thomas Range crystals although generally opaque and tabular, are still wonderful specimens, and when in combination with topaz or bixbyite to me, are much more rare and interesting specimens than the violet claim crystals.
    After having a number of calls for faceted red beryl after our prospecting trip, I soon realized that the availability of suitable rough, of ANY decent size, even at astronomical prices, was not going to happen! Period! So I began a search for hydrothermally grown red beryl hoping to find the right color and of course the same high quality crystals as lab grown emerald. I definitely did not want the off-color pinkish junk being offered elsewhere! I now have a small supply of rough crystals with the top color -- it's described as "raspberry" or "stoplight" red color. May 2014: I'm sorry to report the lab has stopped growing bixbite!! This may be the last?? The crystals I use are the largest available and are suitable for cutting an 8-10 mm diameter stone.
    If you would like to own a red beryl gem, just email me with your selection from the inventory of listed gems, or schecule one to be cut just for you! There is no obligation! After I cut the gem, you will be notified and have first call to purchase. If you do not wish to buy at that time, no problem! The gem is then offered to the next one on the list or added to inventory. The gems shown below are from the same parcel as the award winning "Crown of Fire ".



BUYER BE AWARE of what's being offered on the market!!  Not all red beryl is the same.
Natural crystals come only from Utah , either the Wah Wah mountains or the Thomas Range.
"Pressure treated" red beryl has recently shown up for sale and this treatment is not being properly disclosed. I have seen natural red beryl for sale that is filled with a resin, oil or plastic who knows what!  This is done to improve the clarity, and thus increase the price being asked by the seller.  The filler can boil out when the stone is heated or when cleaned ultrasonically.  Gems with this treatment should be disclosed as a "filled" gem. This is NOT a permanent treatment and the stone can be changed back to the original lower clarity grade. This may also subject the stone to further damage. Recently, (2013) I've also noticed statements saying that some oil is absorbed during the cutting process and there may be some present in the finished gem, etc. That's very suspicious in my book! If the stone is really a low grade, fractured and beat up specimen, I suppose it could be possible, but if that's the case it isn't going to carry a high price. Beware of such nebulous caveats!  
Lab grown crystals  are genuine red beryl crystals that have been grown in a modern laboratory process. They are not some other mineral that has been treated, heated or filled or faked (simulated) to look like bixbite. They are genuine red beryl with the same physical properties of mined crystals.  These are the lab grown crystals that I personally facet. If I could find or afford comparable mined crystals that's what I would cut; they simply are not available and the majority of those that are cut are not pretty. So like most fine artists, I want to paint on the best canvas that's available -- in this case it's the lab crystals!
Pezzoittaite from Madagascar is similar in appearance, but is not bixbite. It has a different refractive index, as well as different density aqnd specific gravity. 
Aquamarine is heated and diffusion treated which means a small number of manganese atoms transfer to the aquamarine in a thin film which changes the color to red. It is NOT bixbite.
In general step back and look at what your buying. As with all collectibles, deals that seem too good to be true, probably are! Lately, I've seen an awful lot of large red cheap crap coming out of Thailand that being sold as red beryl.


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Note: All faceted gems shown are cut from lab grown crystals; it's the ONLY red beryl that I cut.
Lab grown crystals are 100% genuine red beryl, not simulated or faked imitation. They are larger, cleaner (although the crystal can sometimes have fractures, just the same as the natural ones) and much cheaper than mined red beryl.

Red Beryl 2.58 ct. "Firecracker cut"

This red beryl gem was cut from a lab grown crystal. This is a cut I designed and named the "Firecracker" cut. The name says it all. It is brilliant and explodes with red flashes! It measures approx 8.1 mm x 6.28 deep. Weight is approx 2.58 ct. It will be delivered with my Certificate of Authenticity and is fully guaranteed to please you, or simply return for a full refund including your return postage! Price $283 Sorry this gem has been SOLD -- but this design and many others are yours for the asking! Just email to schedule one that I'll cut especially for you.


 

Red Beryl 1.59 ct. "Matched Pair"

This is lab grown, genuine RED BERYL emerald cut matched pair. These 7 x 5 mm gems are a nice size for earrings. Total weight is approximately 1.59 carats. These sparkling stoplight red jewels are eye clean. You must be pleased or send them back and we'll even refund your return postage! Price $143. SOLD. More in stock and it's really easy to order your own pair - just send us an email with size you want for a quote. Sizes to fit standard mountings are available: 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 6 x 8, 8 x 10 mm. --



"Red Beryl Bar Cut "

This gem measures approx 8 x 10. Weight is approx 3.60 ct. It is eye clean. It's an interesting cut that gathers light from many angles making it nicely brilliant #BRLF 0112-4 Price $396



"Red Beryl Mixed Cut "

This red beryl gem is cut with step cuts on the pavilion and a brilliant cut crown, making it a very brilliant and lively gem.It measures approx 8 mm. Weight is approx 1.83 ct. The clarity is eye clean. BRLF0112-3 $235



"Red Beryl 1.34 ct"

This square cut brilliant gem measures approx 6.4 mm; Weight is approx 1.34 ct. Eye clean, it is brilliant throughout. BRLF 0112-2 Price $210.


"Red Beryl 1.54 ct"

This red beryl oval gem measures approx 9 x 7 mm. Weight is approx 1.54 ct. Clarity: eye clean. Much larger and exceptionally cleaner than anything you'll find in a mined crystal,
BRLF 107114 Price $246.


The above four shapes plus Stinson's "Crown of "Fire" represent the shapes that are usually carried in inventory. Rick is currently taking orders for custom cutting on the "Crown of Fire" design. Please inquire. Please email for a list of gems currently in stock.


"Red Beryl Thomas Range"

This is a crystal from the Thomas Range. It measures approx 5.9 mm long by 5.62 wide. It is perfectly terminated on one end and likely the other that's still hidden by the rhyolite matrix. This is top color for the Thomas Range and it is not the usual tabby. #RBXL0220 Price $155.


"Red Beryl Thomas Range"

This is a bixbite specimen that I collected in the spring of 2002, in Starvation Canyon, Thomas Range, Utah. This is multiple twinning. The crystal measures approx 7 x 6 at widest points mm. Typical color for Thomas Range red beryl. . #RBXL0224 Price $195


"Red Beryl Thomas Range"

This is a bixbite specimen that I collected in the spring of 2002, in Starvation Canyon, Thomas Range, Utah. This is sweet crystal with bixbyite! tmeasures approx 5.19 x 3.30 mm thick. #RBXL1091116 Price $65


"Red Beryl Thomas Range"

This is a bixbite specimen that I collected in the spring of 2002, in Starvation Canyon, Thomas Range, Utah. This has crystals of topaz and a crystal of pseudobrookite!! The red beryl crystal measures approx 5.20 x 3.49 mm thick. . #RBXL1091120 Price $135


"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

This is a bixbite specimen from the Violet Claim, Utah. The red beryl crystal measures approx 4.21 x 3.12 x 7.27 mm. It is terminated on one end. Nice stoplight red with some translucency #107115 Price $85


"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

This is a rather large xyl measuring approx 5.26 x 4.43 x 9.74 mm. . #RBXL107117 Price $150 SOLD


"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

Supreme specimen of multiple crystals in their rhyolite host. Nice centerpiece for any collection! The matrix measures approx 80 x 90 mm . . #RBXL107111 Price $460


"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

Approx size: 3.21 x 3.46 x 8.87mm doubly terminated and approx. .97 ct #RBXL107114 -- SOLD


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