Beryl is a beryllium aluminum silicate that occurs in every colour of the rainbow. When green, it’s an Emerald. When blue, it’s Aquamarine. When pink, it’s Morganite. There is a raspberry red variety found in Utah called Bixbite. Yellow is Heliodor and colourless is Goshenite. There is a very rare and costly variety termed Riesling beryl, that can be described as pale green colour, with a warm golden yellow flash. Beryl had been used as a physician’s tool and gazing stone since ancient times. Those beliefs persist today. Beryl is metaphysically attributed with the ability to cure a number of intestinal and stomach ills, such as nausea, ulcers, and seasickness.
Bixbite or Red Beryl
See relevant stones for details (Aquamarine, Emerald, Heliodor, Morganite, Green Beryl)
Chemical Formula: Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Crystal Structure: Hexagonal
Colour: Multiple including Colourless, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Red
Hardness: Average 7.5–8 on Moh`s scale
Refractive Index: Average 1.577-1.583
Specific Gravity: Average 2.67 – 2.84
Cleavage: Imperfect in one direction (basal)
Treatments: Heat, Radiation, Fracture filling, Oiling
Care: Precious beryl is sensitive to pressure and vulnerable to household chemicals. Beryl is one of the more durable gemstone types, but it does still require some handling and care. Avoid wearing Beryl Jewelry when working with harsh chemicals or household cleaners, such as bleach or acids. When cleaning, you can use warm soapy water and tissue or a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse the stones well to remove all soapy residue. It is best to avoid the use of ultrasonic cleaners and steamers to clean your Beryl Gemstones.