Red Beryl, aka Bixbite

Some information about Red Beryl, Red Emerald, Bixbite 

 

Red Beryl (Bixbite) Crystal

 

Red Beryl is the rarest form of beryl, which includes other Beryl family minerals such as Emerald, Aquamarine, Morganite, Heliodor, Goshenite. The only Red Beryl crystals suitable for faceting were found in the Wah Wah Mountains (the Ruby / Violet Claims), near Beaver, Utah. Currently, this is the only place in the world where gem quality Red Beryl was found. Approximately two years ago, about 80 miles from the these world famous claims, another location was discovered in another mountain range. Still little is known about this deposit, however the quality of crystals I have seen are top notch. 
 
Red beryl or bixbite was first described in 1904 based on a discovery at Maynard's Claim in the Thomas Mountains in western Utah, USA. It was named after Maynard Bixby (1853-1935), an American mineralogist. The name bixbite has now been deprecated by CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, to avoid confusion with another mineral, bixbyite, also named after Maynard Bixby, however is is still fairly commonly used. The small crystals were found in a rhyolite host rock and were translucent but rarely gemmy. It wasn't until the late 1950's that larger, better quality crystals were found in the Wah Wah Mountains in Beaver County. Consistent mining of the Red Beryl in the Wah Wah Mountains has only taken place since 1978.

Red Beryl occurs as hexagonal crystals which is typical of beryls. The refractive index is 1.564-1.574 and the specific gravity is 2.66-2.70. It's primary chemical composition is Be3Al2SiO3, but there are traces of many other elements.

Red Beryl is thought to have formed along fractures, in cavities or within the host rhyolite from a high-temperature gas or vapor phase released during the latter stages of cooling and crystallization of the rhyolite magma. Rhyolites ordinarily lack gem minerals and beryls of any sort is extremely uncommon, therefore the presence of Red Beryl suggests some unusual conditions for gemstone formation.

The annual yield of red beryl from the mines is only about 5,000 to 7,000 carats a year, when they are actively being worked. The gem has been marketed as "red emerald," (this name is misleading) and touts it as one of the rarest gemstones in the world.  Prices can run as high as $10,000 a carat for top clarity cut gemstones. Most red beryl gemstones are under 1/2 a carat in weight, and 2 to 3 carat stone would be considered very large and have a value of over $20K per carat for top clarity gems.

Some of the red gems being sold in the market as red beryl or bixbite are actually Pezzottaite, a new gem variety discovered in Madagascar. Pezzottaite is also very rare -- but not yet as valuable as bixbite -- but is a different mineral altogether, with a different chemical composition, density and refractive index. A new find of pezzottaite in Afghanistan has made this new gemstone more widely available. Red beryl is so rare that it is wise to always insist on certification from a recognized gemological lab when buying this gemstone, since there is also much in the way of lab grown synthetic gems in the market.

 

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Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

$224.99

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

Product Code: rb227

$224.99

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 9.85 mm x 5.46 mm x 4.81 mm, 2.27 cts. Here is a very nice DT crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is rhyolite included. It has good hexagonal form, and does have some transparency with great color. There is a small intergr… More info

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 9.85 mm x 5.46 mm x 4.81 mm, 2.27 cts. Here is a very nice DT crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is rhyolite included. It has good hexagonal form, and does have some transparency with great color. There is a small intergr… More info

Red Beryl Crystal with Hematite inclusion, Double Terminated

$349.99

Red Beryl Crystal with Hematite inclusion, Double Terminated

Product Code: rb277

$349.99

Red Beryl Crystal with Hematite inclusion, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 10.48 mm x 5.65 mm x 5.20 mm, 2.77 cts. Here is a very nice DT crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is partially rhyolite included and there is a hematite crystal near the base that the red beryl gre… More info

Red Beryl Crystal with Hematite inclusion, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 10.48 mm x 5.65 mm x 5.20 mm, 2.77 cts. Here is a very nice DT crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is partially rhyolite included and there is a hematite crystal near the base that the red beryl gre… More info

Red Beryl Crystal, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

$399.99

Red Beryl Crystal, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

Product Code: rb423

$399.99

Red Beryl Crystal  Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 9.96 mm x 8.20 mm x 6.88 mm, 4.23 cts.   Here is a nice crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is partially rhyolite included. It has good hexagonal shape but is not completely formed. It does have some transparency and has great … More info

Red Beryl Crystal  Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 9.96 mm x 8.20 mm x 6.88 mm, 4.23 cts.   Here is a nice crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is partially rhyolite included. It has good hexagonal shape but is not completely formed. It does have some transparency and has great … More info

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

$399.99

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

Product Code: rb429

$399.99

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 11.62 mm x 7.37 mm x 6.70 mm, 4.29 cts.   Here is a nice crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is rhyolite included. It has good hexagonal shape but is not completely formed. Both ends are terminated, one complete an… More info

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 11.62 mm x 7.37 mm x 6.70 mm, 4.29 cts.   Here is a nice crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is rhyolite included. It has good hexagonal shape but is not completely formed. Both ends are terminated, one complete an… More info

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

$449.99

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah

Product Code: rb370

$449.99

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 12.45 mm x 6.17 mm x 5.14 mm, 3.70 cts.   Here is a very nice DT crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is partially rhyolite included. It has great hexagonal shape. It does have some transparency and has great col… More info

Red Beryl Crystal, Double Terminated Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver Co., Utah 12.45 mm x 6.17 mm x 5.14 mm, 3.70 cts.   Here is a very nice DT crystal of Red Beryl from the Ruby Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah. The crystal is partially rhyolite included. It has great hexagonal shape. It does have some transparency and has great col… More info

Red Beryl, Ruby / Violet Claims,  Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah.

$749.99

Red Beryl, Ruby / Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah.

Product Code: rb44

$749.99

Red Beryl Crystals in Rhyolite Matrix, Ruby / Violet Claims,  Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah.  7.95 cm x 3.48 cm x 2.30 cm   Multiple small crystals of red beryl sprinkled throughout this piece of rhyolite, even on the back of the specimen. These crystals are 100% natural with beautiful Raspberry Red color that is very transparent throughout the crysta… More info

Red Beryl Crystals in Rhyolite Matrix, Ruby / Violet Claims,  Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah.  7.95 cm x 3.48 cm x 2.30 cm   Multiple small crystals of red beryl sprinkled throughout this piece of rhyolite, even on the back of the specimen. These crystals are 100% natural with beautiful Raspberry Red color that is very transparent throughout the crysta… More info

Red Beryl, aka Bixbite Specimen, Single 7.14 cts. Crystal, Beaver County, Utah

$3,499.99

Red Beryl, aka Bixbite Specimen, Single 7.14 cts. Crystal, Beaver County, Utah

Product Code: rbo40

$3,499.99

Here is an amazing specimen of Red Beryl, aka Bixbite.  Red Beryl is one of the world's rarest gemstones. This beautiful specimen comes the Ruby / Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah.   This is an amazing single, very high quality crystal.  This crystal is 100% natural with very high luster faces. It's beautiful Raspberry Red color is very trans… More info

Here is an amazing specimen of Red Beryl, aka Bixbite.  Red Beryl is one of the world's rarest gemstones. This beautiful specimen comes the Ruby / Violet Claims, Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah.   This is an amazing single, very high quality crystal.  This crystal is 100% natural with very high luster faces. It's beautiful Raspberry Red color is very trans… More info

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