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BERYL

The Beryl group of gemstones is one of the most important, with Emerald and Aquamarine the most famous varieties. The group also includes Morganite ( the pink to light-purple variety), Goshenite (the white to colorless variety) and Bixbite (a rare, deep red variety, also known as Red Beryl), as well as Golden Beryl, which is not nearly as well-known.

Sometimes, although rarely now, called Heliodor, Golden Beryl is the most common gem-quality variety of Beryl, exhibiting a vivid and intense lemon-lime colour and can be opaque or transparent.

 

Sources: The first significant discovery of golden Beryl was in Namibia, which continues to be key source, along with Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Similar gemstones: Apatite, Quartz, Feldspar, Topaz and Tourmaline all bear a resemblance to Golden Beryl, which in turn is often used as an alternative to rare and expensive Imperial Topaz. 

Colour palette: Precious Beryl occurs in a variety of colors - white, colourless, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink and purple.

The greenish-yellow Golden Beryl ranges from vivid lemon-lime to pale greenish-yellow to golden in colour.

More information about the Beryl: Although neither a specific Birthstone or a Wedding Anniversary gemstone, Golden Beryl is alternately known as 'the stone of the sun' and ‘the stone of the moon’. The Greeks believed that Golden Beryl contained the warmth and energy of the sun.

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