by Eric Greene
Reddish-magenta beryl, in a color sometimes described as “gooseberry red”, is the rarest form of beryl (a mineral family which includes emerald, aquamarine, morganite, golden beryl and goshenite). The only locality for red beryl crystals suitable for faceting is in the Wah Wah Mountains near Beaver, Utah. This is the only place in the world where gem quality red beryl has been found.
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Faked, or the Real Deal?
By Eric Greene
By now, you’ve probably seen some of the crystals of gem heliodor (the name used for golden yellow beryl) that come from the Zeylotoya Vada Mine, also called the Gelte Krustle Mine, near Rangul in southern Tajikistan. There have been many reports that the stuff is fake, that the mine doesn’t exist, etc., etc. I admit I had doubts about the authenticity of this material, too. But then in 2008 I met a man in Tucson who said he bought his supply directly from the man who owns and operates the mine, and he was able to give me plausible answers to my concerns about the rumors and accusations that have swirled about this controversial material since it first came to market. Below you can read what I learned, and the information I turned up which finally convinced me that this heliodor is the real deal.
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