Beryl Gemstones

Beryl is the common name given to a group of gems having a similar chemical composition. The name ‘beryl’ originated in India and is derived from the Sanskrit word 'veruliyam', an old term for the gemstone chrysoberyl. It is from this the Greek word 'beryllos' which means 'precious blue green colour' was developed. Beryl has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale and has ahexagonal crystal system. Beryl is found in many places including Colombia,Africa, Brazil, Russia, Pakistan and California. Other than Jewellery Gemstones Beryl is also the main source of Beryllium which is combined with copper tomake high quality resistant wires. It is also used in nuclear reactors, spaces huttles. Beryllium Alloys have also been used in disc brakes and windscreens for vehicles. Beryl is often referred to as the mother of all gemstones. Berylin its purest form is colourless. However, impurities in beryl give it many colours. There are six well known types of beryl. The six different types orvarieties of beryl include aquamarine, bixbite, emerald, goshenite, heliodorand morganite. Beryl jewellery can be cleaned using warm soapy water and thenthoroughly rinsed. Though Beryl does not scratch or damage easily it is notadvisable to clean beryl stones in ultrasonic cleaners.

It is said that in ancient times Beryl was used to ward off demons andevil spirits. It was also used as a talisman to protect the wearer from dangerswhilst travelling. This stone is mentioned even in the Holy Bible (Ezekiel1:16) where it describes the wheels of God's throne resembling to that of agleaming beryl. This stone is said to promote good luck. The metaphysicalproperties of this stone include its ability to cure a number of intestinal andstomach related illness. It is also said to be effective at treating disorders of the heart and spine.

Beryl Gemstones

Types of Beryl Gemstones

Given below are the details and description of Beryl Gemstones.

Aquamarine is a light bluish green form of beryl. The name of this stone is derived from the Latin word 'Aqua" whichmeans water and 'mare' which means sea. The colour of this stone is as a result of the iron content in the stone.

Bixbite is the red form of beryl. It is anextremely rare gemstone and Utah is the only place where bixbite can be found.This stone is named after Maynard Bixby who discovered this stone in the year 1904. The red colour of this stone is as a result of the manganese content inthe stone.

Emerald is the most famous of all beryl gemstones and is green in colour. The name of this stone is derived from the Greek word ' smargus' which means green gemstone. The green colour of this stone is because of the chromium and iron content in the stone.

Goshenite is a form of beryl that does not haveany colour. This stone is named after 'Goshen' in the US, the place where it was found first.

Heliodor is known as the yellow from of beryl.This stone name is derived from the Greek words 'helios' and 'doros' which means gift from the Sun. The yellow colour is due to the iron content in the stone.

Morganite is known as the pink form of beryl. The colour of the stone is due to manganese and iron content in stone.  Morganite got its name from the American Banker J.P. Morgan.


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