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 in Thailand! In most gems there is a wide range of color and this is also true even in lab grown stones. I was told that the lab production had been stopped and that it might resume on special order, etc. etc. So, after waiting months to see if production would resume, I finally started receiving rough crystals.
I now have rough crystals on hand with the top color -- it's described as "raspberry" or "stoplight" red color.
The crystals I use are the thickest available which usually runs about 6mm, and are suitable for cutting an 8-10 mm diameter stone.
If you would like to have a red beryl, just email me to check inventory and/or to get on one scheduled to be cut. There is no obligation! After the gem is cut you will have first call to purchase. If you do not wish to buy at that time, then the gem is simply 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.
There are stones in stock that are not listed here. Please email and let me know what you are looking for.
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 have some fractures, just the same as the natural ones) and much cheaper than mined red beryl.