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Faceted Stones and Mineral Specimens

Updated September 29, 2019

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Red beryl, sometimes called red emerald, or by it's mineral name bixbite, is another member of 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 Mineral specimens shown below are very rare red beryl crystals from the Violet Claim Mine, Wah Wah mountains, Utah, as well as from the Thomas Range, Utah. These are the only two places in the world where this variety of beryl is found. These are natural uncut specimens.
Our Faceted gems are cut from gem grade crystals that are hydrothermally lab grown! They are superior in size, clarity and perfectly match Mother Nature's finest red beryl color. .

           "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., weighs approx 4.75 ct. It is now in a private collection.

Ordering is easy! - click the inventory link to see available gems or you can order one of our custom cuts, shown below. Or ask us about creating something uniquely your own. Just email and tell us what you have in mind. If you want a custom cut, for a gift or special event, ORDER NOW as Rick is often 4 to 6 months out on deliveries!
    After the gem is cut, you will be notified that the gem is finished. Then you have first call to purchase. If you do NOT wish to buy at that time, that's no problem! The gem is then offered to the next one on the list or added to inventory. The gems we cut are the same top color as the award winning "Crown of Fire "

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 personal experience I must say that bixbite is now second to 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. The Violet Claim Mine was closed and doesn't look like it will ever reopen. The red beryl from the Thomas Range is also extremely rare, and can still be found with 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 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 the same high quality crystals as it's sister: 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.
I use the largest available crystals with the potential to produce an 8 to 10 mm stone at the largest.

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.  Just like it's sister emerald, treatment are done to improve the clarity, making the gem look better, and thus increase the price being asked by the seller!   Some fillers can boil out when the stone is heated or even fall apart when cleaned ultrasonically.  Any treated gem should be disclosed as a "filled " gem. This is usually NOT a permanent treatment and the stone can be changed back to the original lower clarity grade.
Statements are 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 lower grade, fractured crystal then it is 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!    Sadly there are a number of dealers from India especially, selling junkite labeled as "Genuine Red Beryl" with a lab certificate from a lab that is unknown to us. If the color is not right -- obviously treated (but not properly disclosed), sizes much larger than normally found, dirt cheap prices then beware of fakes that are meant to deceive you.  
Genuine red beryl crystals that have been grown in a modern laboratory process, are not some other mineral that has been treated, heated or filled or faked (simulated) to look like red beryl. 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 because they are usually terribly fractured. So like most fine artists, I want to paint on the best canvas that's available -- in this case it's the lab-grown 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 red beryl.
Step back and look at what your buying. As with all collectibles, deals that seem too good to be true, probably are! There is no "fine print" on our guarantee. Order your gem. If you are not completely satisfied, let us know in 7 days and if it has not been damaged, then we want it back! No questions asked.


There are usually some stones in stock that are new and unlisted. Please email and let us 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.

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Stinson's Original Red Beryl "FIRE CUTS"

Cut from 100% red beryl lab grown crystal, these gems have supreme "stoplight red" color and are eye clean to flawless. These are copyrighted cuts and names. The extra cutting required, explodes the gems with firey red flashes! Photos Left to right: top: "Firecracker", "Heart on Fire", "Emerald on Fire", bottom: "Crown of Fire", "Starfire" and the newest addition is a trilliant cut "Three Alarm Fire!"

HOW TO ORDER your custom cut gem: Send an email with your selection. Tell me if you want a matched pair for earrings, a pendant size or a ring size gem. I will schedule the work and When the gem is finished, I'll notify you and you will have first call to buy. If you want it, then it's reserved for you, pending your payment. If you decide not to buy, that's fine -- you are under no obligation to purchase and the piece is offered to the next customer in line or listed in inventory for anyone. Each custom cut gem is delivered with Stinson's Certificate of Authenticity and is fully guaranteed to your satisfaction. Starting at $250 and up, these gems are priced by complexity of design, and weight. The price can only be determined after I cut and the gem is finished, weighed, measured and evaluated to insure top quality. Email to schedule your one-of-a-kind:


Left: Red Beryl ring T H, Canada;
Center: Red Beryl ring K.N, Michigan;
Right: Red Beryl ring S.A, Canada Designed & Photo by Christine Dwane


RED BERYL Mineral Specimens

"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

measures approx 5.6 long x 3.2 mm across flats. Weight .62 carats #BRM0215-2Price $SOLD

"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 $145

"Red Beryl Thomas Range"

This is a bixbite specimen that I collected in the spring of 2002, in Starvation Canyon, Thomas Range, Utah. Bixbite and bixbyite! It measures approx 5.19 x 3.30 mm thick. #RBXL1091116 Price $85

"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

multiple crystals in their rhyolite matrix. Specmen measures approx 30 x 35 mm #RBXL107111-A Price $40

"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

multiple crystals in their rhyolite matrix. Specmen measures approx 27 x 18 mm #RBXL107111-e Price $65

"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

Approx size: 3.15 x 3.11 x 7.28 mm terminated on one end and approx. .62 ct #RBXL107113 $175

"Red Beryl Violet Claim "

measures approx 5.3 x 6 mm across. Weight 1.44 carats RBXL107116 Price $115

To ORDER a stone or mineral specimen: Email FIRST! to make sure the item you want is available. We will confirm your email and if available, place the item on hold until your payment is received. NOTE: we do NOT ship to all countries! DO NOT SEND MONEY! You must inquire FIRST!!!! Use your credit card on PayPal -- you don't have to be a member. It's easy to do and secure. Just click on the "Buy now" to go to the secure Paypal web page

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