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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
Beryl Gem Stones
Beryl gem stones make up an important group of gems
Some members of the beryl gem stone family are well
known... and some are almost completely unknown.
Chemically beryl is a beryllium aluminum silicate, and is
colorless unless traces of other elements find their way into the gem crystal as
it was formed in the earth.
These colorless beryl gem stones are called Goshenite,
and are relatively rare.
Luckily, the crystal structure of beryl allows for the
integration of various other elements, which in turn cause different colors.
Beryl is a relatively hard gemstone (7.5 to 8 on
hardness scale) and is very suitable as a jewelry stone.
Emerald is the best known and most popular
beryl gem. This rich green gem owes its pleasing color to traces of
chromium or vanadium.
Emerald is the May birthstone.
Emeralds are produced in several countries, including
Colombia, Brazil, Pakistan, Zambia, and soon Canada.
Emeralds typically have numerous dark inclusions and
Aquamarine is also well known. This blue
(and sometimes blue-green) gem can occur in large sizes.
The color is caused by tiny amounts of iron in the gem.
Aqua, as this gem is affectionately known occurs in
numerous locations, including Brazil, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the
Aqua is also quite popular, and is the March birthstone.
Morganite is the pink variety of beryl, and
is named for J. P. Morgan.
Morgan, a famous financier, was also a gem enthusiast.
When pink beryl was discovered in the early 1900's (near San Diego), Morgan is
said to have financed the mine development and marketing of the gem.
The color is produced by trace amounts of manganese.
This beautiful, soft pink to peachy gem has
always been in short
supply in the gem market, but that's now changing.
Morganite is rapidly gaining a following among those who
appreciate jewelry. New deposits have been located in Madagascar, and the gems
are reaching the market.
Morganite is produced in Madagascar, Brazil, and the USA.
Several years ago a promoter started marketing morganite
at the Tucson Shows as pink emerald.
The name emerald is closely related to certain shades of
green in the eyes of the gem industry and the public.
Because of this, most gem dealers at the shows objected,
resisted, became irritated, and were vocally hostile to this attempt to
redefine emerald... and the marketing campaign collapsed.
Among the less well known, but still beautiful beryl gems
Heliodor, the yellow (or sometimes
greenish-yellow) variety of the beryl family.
The color is produced by traces of a combination of iron
Bixbite, or red beryl. This is the
rarest form of gem beryl. It is found only in two mines at one location in
Currently both mines are closed, and the supply of bixbite
is limited to a few dealer's old stock.
Because of the rarity (and mining expense, I suppose)
bixbite is the most expensive member of the beryl family.
A few years ago an attempt was made to market bixbite as red
emerald. The gem industry resisted this marketing effort, as it had with the
earlier pink emerald campaign.
Golden beryl is just that, a rich golden
color. This color is produced by trace amounts of uranium grown in the crystal.
Green beryl is pastel green. It derives its
color from traces iron.
Goshenite, heliodor, golden beryl, and green beryl are
Beryl gem stones other than emerald and bixbite can be
found with only small or no inclusions.
You can pick up a beautiful and unusual gem at a real
We have emeralds, aquas, morganite, and
golden beryl gem stones in stock. Send
me an email about the gem you're interested in and I'll tell you what I have
in stock that day.
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Here's an interesting story from the AP...
182 Carat Diamond Found
By PAUL FOURNIER, Associated Press Writer
CONAKRY, Guinea - There's lucky: Finding a diamond when
you're a young miner sweating it out in the west African forests of Guinea. And
there's too lucky: finding a 182-carat stone, that everyone — starting with
the government of Guinea — wants a piece of.
Result: the stone — four times the size of the famous
Hope diamond — was tucked away Monday deep in the vaults of Guinea's Central
Bank, no pictures, please.
And the 25-year-old miner who found it, if not exactly in
hiding, was making himself scarce. No interviews, please.
State radio in impoverished, mineral-rich Guinea announced
the find last week. Guinea mining industry officials confirmed Monday that the
newly dug-up stone — though not flawless — was a fortune in the rough.
"It's a quite brilliant diamond, of good enough
quality despite having numerous veins. One thing is certain — it's worth
millions of dollars," a top official with the Aredor mining company,
Guinea's biggest diamond operation, told The Associated Press.
The Guinea gem is four inches by 1.2 inches high —
roughly the size and shape of your average computer mouse.
The Hope diamond, by contrast, is 45.52 carats.
The largest diamond ever found, the Cullinan, was a gawdy
bowling-ball size beauty at 3,106 carats in the rough.
Free-lance discoveries of big diamonds in west and central
Africa typically touch off fierce, fast-buck feeding frenzies, pitting the
finders and first-round buyers against would-be moneymakers higher up the food
Finders, terrified, have been known to flee into the bush
rather than dare bring their find to market.
In Congo in 2000, the government confiscated a 265-carat
stone and jailed its local buyer for a month, freeing both only after massive
public protests. That stone eventually went at auction in Israel for an
industry-estimated, unconfirmed $13 million to $20 million.
Industry officials and diplomats in Guinea on Monday would
discuss the find here only on condition of anonymity.
The 25-year-old, who was not identified, struck his shovel
on the stone at a dig in southeast Guinea, bordering Ivory Coast and Liberia.
Authorities gave few other details of the diamond's first
hours and days in the light. It was clear, however, that the rock's time with
its discoverer was brief.
By Monday, the gem was in the capital, Conakry, behind
steel doors at the guarded Central Bank.
The young miner had no choice, a Western diplomat said —
he might have been killed if he hadn't turned it over to the authorities.
An Associated Press reporter, visiting the area of the
find, was unable to locate the young miner.
Diamonds, along with aluminum ore and gold, are among the
top exports of Guinea, a resource-rich but virtually undeveloped country whose
people live on less than a dollar a day.
The Aredor mining company, using heavy equipment in
high-dollar operations, turns up an average of 30,000 carats each year.
Small-scale miners like the 25-year-old, with no more
overhead than the cost of a spade, produce 300 to 400 carats a year here.
The 182-carat stone came from a site owned by the
government, and leased to miners.
Miners are believed to slip many smaller finds into their
pockets, taking the stones out for smuggling and avoiding the government and any
cuts it would take.
Especially since it was found on government land, the
gem's discoverer may have believed bypassing Guinea's officials too risky in
this case, experts said.
Authorities were to inspect the stone later this week and
offer an official estimate. The finder — if luck holds — would likely
receive an undetermined percentage of that, industry officials said.
Are you making up new pieces of jewelry to rebuild and
upgrade your inventory depleted by holiday sales? Now is a good time to work at
this fun and vital task.
We've recently received some new emerald, morganite,
sapphire, peridot, and chrome diopside from our cutters.
As usual, all these gems are in sizes appropriate for
center stones in rings and pendants.
Send me an email for information on gems that interest
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