Beryl
 
38th Anniversary Modern Gift.
 
Where is color more lastingly beautiful than when captured in a gemstone?   In the fascinating world of precious stones, Emeralds glow in a fiery green.   Aquamarines sparkle in a whole range of blues – from the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea.   The charming pink of Morganite puts a spell on women the world over.   All of these gems, different as they are, belong to a single family.   Aquamarine, Emerald and Morganite are all Beryls – just like golden Beryl, yellowish-green Heliodor1, colorless Goshenite2 and the rare Red Beryl3. Whether blue, green, yellow, colorless or pink, their chemical and physical properties correspond; it is only in their coloring that they differ from one another.
 
Under appropriate pressure and temperature conditions Beryl crystals are formed from berillium-aluminium-silicates.   As pure Beryl, they are colorless, but are able, due to their structure, to store various foreign substances which give rise to a kaleidoscope of colors, turning a plain, colorless crystal into green, yellow, pink or blue.
 
Iron impurities color Beryl into the most beautiful sea-blue hues (Aquamarine).    Aquamarines shine in all the colors of sky and water - fine blue shades which compliment almost any skin or eye color.   Aquamarine is the favorite stone of many creative designers and distinguishes itself by a whole series of good qualities: even distribution of color, inclusions which add to the attractiveness of the gemstone, hardness and a wonderful shine.
The Emerald is closely related to the Aquamarine.   With the most beautiful, intense and glowing green imaginable by chrome and/or vanadium, the Emerald is the most valuable of all the Beryls.   Small crystal inclusions, cracks or fissures are not merely tolerated in this precious gemstone, but regarded as a feature of identification.   Connoisseurs refer to the inclusions as the 'garden' or island in the Emerald.
 
Beryl behaves quite differently when there is manganese involved.   This element gives the crystal a special feminine pink, turning it into Morganite, without doubt the next best known representative of the Beryl group.   Formerly, Morganite was known as 'pink beryl'.   It has only been called Morganite since the 1911 A.D., being named in honor of finance expert and gemstone collector, John Pierpont Morgan.   This gemstone loves generosity, since it is only from a certain size upwards that the beauty of its color, mostly ranging from a tender pink to a pale violet, is shown to its full advantage.
 
Small traces of iron and a natural hue from minerals containing uranium are sufficient to give a colorless Beryl an intense yellow tone - the typical color of the Golden Beryl.   This gem has similar qualities of the Aquamarine.   It is generally found in the same kind of deposit.   Golden Beryl holds a fascination with its fine spectrum of yellow hues, from weak lemon yellow to warm golden color.   Unlike the Emerald, however, it seldom has inclusions.
 
Iron and uranium together are also responsible for the fresh, stimulating greenish yellow of another Beryl variety, the Heliodor1.   The name is derived from the Greek 'helios' (sun) and 'doron' (gift).   So Heliodor is a 'gift from the sun'.
 
Now and again, Beryl is found without these coloring agents.   In such cases it simply remains a colorless Beryl.   More often referred to as Goshenite2, after Goshen, Massechusetts, where it was originally found.   Colorless Beryl is rare and has little significance as a gemstone.   It does, however, have some historical importance, having been the forerunner of today's spectacles.   Even in ancient times, Beryl was used to make glasses.
 
Originally, the name 'Beryl' came from India.   It was derived from the Sanskrit word 'veruliyam', an old term for the gemstone Chrysoberyl.
 
Beryls are popular gems, not only due to their magnificent colors.   Their appeal also lies in the high brilliance and wear-qualities, such as their hardness (7.5 to 8), which makes them admirably well suited for use in jewelry.   The typical hexagonal Beryl crystals with their vertically stratified surfaces are mainly found in the gemstone deposits of South America, Central and West Africa.   However, they also occur on Madagascar, Russia, the Ukraine, and the USA.   The skilled hands of gemstone cutters turn them into a multitude of faceted shapes.   In particular, Beryls are well suited to rectangular or square-step cuts, since it takes a clear design to bring out the transparent beauty of this colorful gemstone.
 
 
 
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