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 will cut into an 8 mm stone at the largest.
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! Just like it's sister, emerald, this treatment is done to improve the clarity, and thus increase the price being asked by the seller! And just like emerald, some fillers 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 I've also noticed statements being made by some dealers saying that some oil is absorbed during the cutting process and there may be some present in the finished gem, etc. If the stone is solid, no oil will be absorbed. If the stone is really a low grade, fractured and beat up specimen, then it could be possible, but if that's the case keep your eye on your wallet! It is what it is! Oiled or not oiled! 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, there's lot of large red and cheap, off-color stones being sold as red beryl, that are native cut
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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.