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Beryl is a mineral composed of beryllium aluminum cyclosilicate with the chemical formula Be₃Al₂Si₆O₁₈. Beryl is hexagonal mineral with 7.5 – 8 hardness according to the more hardness scale. Beryl hexagonal Crystals can be up to several meters in the size. But, Double terminated crystals are very rare to see.
Vanadium beryl crystal
Most people know Aquamarine and Emerald, do you know, that’s both gemstones are beryl family gemstones. Beryl is found the colors such as Green, Blue, Yellow, Red, White, Pink, Purple, Brown, Orange. Red beryl is extremely rare. It is called “Bixbite”. Pink to Orangy-pink variety of beryl is called as ” Morganite“. Green, blue or greenish-blue is mostly known as Aquamarine. But, Emerald green is different. Emerald colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Colorless varieties are called as “goshenite”. Pale yellow to brilliant gold beryl is called as ” Heliodor”.
Beryl can be found as translucent or transparent with 2.63 – 2.92 specific gravity. It is Uniaxial (-) mineral with nω = 1.568 – 1.602 nε = 1.564 – 1.595 refractive indexes. Some Morganite has weak violet fluorescence under UV light. Beryl has Vitreous, Sub-Vitreous, Waxy or Greasy luster. Beryl varieties can be found in Sri Lanka, USA, Pakistan, Tanzania, Russia, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Bhutan, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Uganda, Uk.
Healing properties of beryl
Beryl can reduce stress. It will help you let go of your unnecessary or unwanted emotional baggage. Beryl is often used to help you find the answers in spiritual life. Beryl will promote creativity and raise your intelligence.