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Colour:Golden Yellow
Name:Originally applied as a trade name for "Golden Beryl" from Rössing, Namibia. See E. Kaiser (1912) Centr. Min. p385. Now in more common use for any gem-quality Golden Beryl.
A variety of Beryl

A golden yellow gem variety of Beryl.
Originally reported from both "Hoffnungstrahl"-Pegmatite near Rössing station, Arandis, Arandis District, Erongo Region, Namibia and Litchfield Co., Connecticut, USA.

NOTE: "Heliodor" has been reported from several localities in the Tadjikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan areas - it is highly likely that all such specimens are lower-grade Aquamarine which has been irradiated to turn it golden yellow. No confirmed and verified evidence of Heliodor being found in the field in these areas has yet been made available, so all "Heliodor" specimens from these areas should be treated with great suspicion. (Ref: ExtraLapis issue on Beryl plus personal communication to J.Ralph from several reliable sources)

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Classification of Heliodor

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Physical Properties of Heliodor

Colour:Golden Yellow

Other Names for Heliodor

Synonyms:
Golden BerylHeliodore
Other Languages:
Simplified Chinese:金色绿宝石
黄绿宝石
黄透绿柱石

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Heliodor

Reference List:

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S.L. Penfield (1888): Amer. J. Sci ser. 3, 36, 317.

Kaiser, E. (1912): Eine neues Beryll (Aquamarin)-Vorkommen in Deutsch-Südwestafrika. Centrbl. Mineral etc, 1912. p. 385-390.

Jahn, Steffen (2001): Goldberyll (Heliodor) vom Hoffnungsstrahl-Pegmatite bei Rössing. in Jahn et al (eds): Namibia. Zauberwelt edler Steine und Kristalle. Bode Verlag. 2001, p 119

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    Localities for Heliodor

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Afghanistan
     
    Joe Kienle collection
    Argentina
     
    • Córdoba
      • Punilla Department
        • Tanti
    Colombo, F. y Lira, R. (2006) Geología y mineralogía de algunas pegmatitas del borde oriental del distrito Punilla, Córdoba. Revista de la Asociación Geológica Argentina 61:
    Australia
     
    • Northern Territory
      • Central Desert Shire
        • Harts Range (Harts Ranges; Hartz Range; Hartz Ranges)
    NT MInes + personal collecting
    Brazil
     
    • Espírito Santo
      • Mimoso do Sul
    Kuno Stoeckli
    • Minas Gerais
      • Doce valley
        • Galiléia
          • Sapucaia do Norte
    Rob Lavinsky photo
      • Jequitinhonha Valley
    Rob Lavinsky
        • Caraí
    No reference listed
        • Padre Paraíso
    Rob Lavinsky
        • Virgem da Lapa
    various added photos
    • Rio Grande do Norte
      • Borborema mineral province
        • Equador
    Re-entry of old data
    Canada
     
    www.alpinegems.net
    China
     
    • Xinjiang Autonomous Region
      • Yili Hasake Autonomous Prefecture (Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture)
        • Aletai Prefecture (Altay Prefecture)
          • Qinghe Co. (Qinggil Co.; Chinggil Co.)
    Yinlin Feng and Xiaopo Jiang (1987): Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 6(4), 344-351
    Czech Republic
     
    • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
      • Liberec Region
        • Jizerské Mtn (Iser Mtn)
    geological prospecting, 2008 - 2009, Czech geological Organization
      • South Bohemia Region
        • Písek
    Historic mineral collection National museum of Czech Republic
    France
     
    • Limousin
      • Haute-Vienne
        • Compreignac
    http://www.geopolis-fr.com/art3.html
        • Razès
          • Chanteloube
            • Vilatte Quarries (La Vilate)
    "Les minéraux, leurs gisements, leurs associations", P. Bariand, F. Cesbron et J. Geffroy (1977), Editions Minéraux et Fossiles, BRGM
    Italy
     
    • Lombardy
      • Sondrio Province
        • Valchiavenna
          • Novate Mezzola
            • Codera Valley
    Ghizzoni, S. & Mazzoleni, G. (2005): Itinerari mineralogici in val Codera. Geologia Insubrica, Ed., Milano, 316 pp.
    Ghizzoni, S. & Mazzoleni, G. (2005): Itinerari mineralogici in val Codera. Geologia Insubrica, Ed., Milano, 316 pp.
    Ghizzoni, S. & Mazzoleni, G. (2005): Itinerari mineralogici in val Codera. Geologia Insubrica, Ed., Milano, 316 pp.
    Madagascar
     
    • Antananarivo Province
    "Madagascar", extraLapis English Vol 1, p50
    Fabreminerals photo
      • Amoron'i Mania Region
        • Ambatofinandrahana District
    Knut Edvard Larsen collection # M-401
      • Horombe Region
        • Ihosy District
    Arligue photo & specimen ( ex- Jean Behier specimen)
    • Mahajanga Province (Majunga)
      • Betsiboka Region
        • Tsaratanàna District
    Rob Lavinski photo
    Mexico
     
    • Baja California (Baja California Norte; BC Norte)
      • Mun. de Tecate
    Emerald and Other Beryls, John Sinkankas 1981, p.481
    Mongolia
     
    • Töv Aimag
      • Gorkhi massif (Ghorkhi massif)
    Jindřich Kynický, Ondřej Jaroš. Drahé kameny miarolitických pegmatitů masívu Gorkhi v Mongolsku.
    Namibia
     
    • Erongo Region
    Cairncross, B., and Bahmann, U., (2006) Famous Mineral Localities: The Erongo Mountains, Namibia. Mineralogical Record 37(5) 392-394
      • Karibib District
        • Spitzkopje Area
    Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 288 pp (in English).
    Medenbach, O. (2001): Paul Ramdohr und die Stiepelmannsche Beryll-Fundstelle. – In: Namibia, Zauberwelt edler Steine und Kristalle, Haltern (Bode Verlag), 222pp., (p. 56-71) ;
    Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 490 pp (in English).
    Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 490 pp (in English).
        • Omaruru
    Jahn, S. & Bast, R. (2006): Der Krantzberg bei Omaruru, Namibia, und die Mineralvorkommen in seiner Umgebung. Mineralien-Welt 17 (3), 32-48.
      • Swakopmund District
        • Arandis
          • Rössing Mountains Area
    Jahn, Steffen (2001): Goldberyll (Heliodor) vom Hoffnungsstrahl-Pegmatite bei Rössing. in Jahn et al (eds): Namibia. Zauberwelt edler Steine und Kristalle. Bode Verlag. 2001, p 119; Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 51; Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 335 pp (in English);
        • Namib-Naukluft National Park
    Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 490 pp (in English).
    Nigeria
     
    • Nassarawa State (Nasarawa State)
    Norway
     
    • Aust-Agder
      • Iveland
        • Ljosland
    Pedersen, R. (ed) (2007): Iveland V: Gruvedrift. Iveland Bygdesogenemd, p.339
    • Nordland
      • Meløy
        • Glomfjord
    Bill Morgenstern personally collected in 1999
    Pakistan
     
    • Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas)
      • Baltistan
        • Skardu District
          • Braldu Valley
    Dudley Blauwet, Bill Smith and Carol Smith (2004) Table of mineral localities of the northern areas of Pakistan and other selected sites. (in "Pakistan: Minerals, Mountains & Majesty", Lapis International, East Hampton, Connecticut); Dudley Blauwet, Bill Smith and Carol Smith (2004) Table of mineral localities of the northern areas of Pakistan and other selected sites. (in "Pakistan: Minerals, Mountains & Majesty", Lapis International, East Hampton, Connecticut)
    Portugal
     
    • Viseu District
      • Sátão
        • Romãs
    Rui Nunes and Pedro Alves collections
    Russia
     
    • Urals Region
      • Middle Urals
        • Sverdlovskaya Oblast'
          • Sarapulka District (Murzinka)
    [MinRec 32:41]
          • Yuzhakovo Village
            • Alabashka pegmatite field
    P. Lyckberg; Brigatti, M. F., Mottana, A., Malferrari, D., & Cibin, G. (2007). Crystal structure and chemical composition of Li-, Fe-, and Mn-rich micas. American Mineralogist, 92(8-9), 1395-1400.
      • Southern Urals
        • Chelyabinsk Oblast'
          • Plast
            • Kochkar' District
              • Svetlyi
    Igor Savin's data
    South Africa
     
    • Limpopo Province
      • Vhembe District
        • Messina
    Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 49.
    Sri Lanka
     
    • Sabaragamuwa Province
      • Ratnapura District
        • Ratnapura
    Ceylon Aluvial Mine, (Book, Co. 2002)
    Ukraine
     
    • Zhytomyr Oblast' (Zhitomir Oblast')
    [www.thamesvalleyminerals.com]
    Lyckberg, P., Chornousenko, V. & Wilson, W. E. (2009): Volodarsk-Volynski, Zhitomir Oblast, Ukraine. Mineralogical Record, 40, 473-506.
    USA
     
    • Alabama
      • Coosa Co.
        • Hissop
    Sterrett, 1913. in USGS Mineral Resources of US for 1914, pp. 307-46
    • California
      • San Diego Co.
        • Aguanga Mountain District (Smith Mountain District)
          • Oak Grove
            • Aguanga Mountain
    Ware, J. W. (1935), Gem Mining in San Diego Co., California: Precious Blue Topaz; Gems & Gemology, Vol. I, No. 8, March-April, pages 218-219; 240pp.
        • Mesa Grande District
          • Gem Hill
    Kunz, G. F. (1905a), Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37; p. 49.
          • Mesa Grande
    Kunz, George Frederick (1905a), Gems, jewelers’ materials, and ornamental stones of California: California Division Mines Bulletin 37, 171 pp.: 49; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 103.
        • Pala District
          • Pala
    Jahns, Richard Henry & Wright, Lauren A. (1951), Gem and lithium-bearing pegmatites of the Pala district, San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines Special Report 7-A: p. 31.
    Jahns, R. H. and Wright, L. A. 1951. Gem and Lithium-bearing pegmatites of the Pala District, San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines special report 7A: pages 59-61.
        • Ramona District
          • Ramona
    Kunz, George Frederick (1905a), Gems, jewelers’ materials, and ornamental stones of California: California Division Mines Bulletin 37, 171 pp.: 52; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 103.
        • Rincon District
          • Rincon
            • Rincon Mountain
    Kunz, G. F. 1905. Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37: p. 50.
        • Warner Springs District
          • Chihuahua Valley
    San Diego Mining Company, 2000.
    • Connecticut
      • Fairfield Co.
        • Ridgefield
          • Branchville
    Januzzi, 1976. Mineral Localities of CT and Southeastern NY State
      • Hartford Co.
        • Glastonbury
          • South Glastonbury
    P Cristofono collection, 2008
    ["Golden Beryl"; see S.L.Penfield(1888) Amer. J. Sci ser. 3, 36, 317]
        • New Milford
          • Upper Merryall
    Rocks & Min.: 70:379; Elwell, Wilbur. (1937): Some Old Localities in Connecticut. Rocks and Minerals, vol 12, no. 9, pp. 270-1.
      • Middlesex Co.
        • East Hampton (Chatham)
    Rocks & Min.: 70:379
    Schooner (1958, 1961)
    Rocks & Min.: 12:145.; USGS Prof Paper 255; Rocks & Minerals (1995) 70:396-409; Schooner (1958 and 1961)
        • Haddam
    www.lmscc.org/CCCQuarry.htm; Williams (circa 1945)
    - Shelton, William. (1967): Notes on a Find at Haddam. Rocks and Minerals, volume 42, No. 7 (July) pages 502-3.
        • Portland
          • Collins Hill
            • Strickland pegmatite (Strickland-Cramer Quarry; Strickland-Cramer Mine; Strickland-Cramer Feldspar-Mica Quarries)
    Harold Moritz collection; Seaman, David W. (1947): Reminiscing On Collins Hill, Portland, Conn. Rocks & Minerals, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 732-3.
    USGS Prof Paper 255
    Seaman (1963) in Rocks and Minerals, Vol. 38, Nos. 7-8, Whole No. 295
    • Georgia
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • Maine
      • Androscoggin Co.
        • Auburn
          • West Mount Apatite District
    Harold Moritz collection
      • Cumberland Co.
        • Brunswick
    Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
        • Casco
    S Segedy collection, 2008
      • Oxford Co.
        • Albany
    P Cristofono collection; Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
    King, V. (ed.), 2009, Maine feldspar, Families, and Feuds; Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
        • Buckfield
    King, V. and Foord, E., 1994, Mineralogy of Maine, V. 1, King, V. (ed.), 2000, Mineralogy of Maine, V. 2.
    No reference listed
    Van King
        • Hebron
    No reference listed
        • Lovell
    No reference listed
        • Paris
    No reference listed
        • Rumford
    Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
    No reference listed
    Tim Blake, Lookout Mine Owner
        • Stoneham
    No reference listed
    No reference listed
    No reference listed
    No reference listed
      • Sagadahoc Co.
        • Bowdoin
    Van King; Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
        • Phippsburg
    Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
    Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
        • Topsham
    No reference listed
    "Maine Mineral Localities, 3rd Ed." by Thompson, W.B., et.al., 1998
        • Woolwich
    Cameron, Eugene N.; and others (1954) Pegmatite investigations, 1942-45, in New England. USGS Professional Paper 255.
    • Maryland
      • Montgomery Co.
        • Wheaton
    MacFall, 1951. Gem Hunter's Guide, 1st ed.
    • Massachusetts
      • Franklin Co.
    Gems and Minerals of America- Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
      • Hampden Co.
        • Blandford
    \"Western Massachusetts Mineral Localities\" by Plante, A.R., Valley Geology Press, 1992
      • Worcester Co.
        • Fitchburg
    Kunz, George Frederick (1890). Gems and Precious Stones of North America, p. 94.
    USGS, Min. Res. of the US, Part II: Non-metals, 1916
    Johansson (1949), Marvin Rausch Mineral Collections
    Caswell, L. and Cross, F. W. (1917). The History of the Town of Royalston, Massachusetts.
    • New Hampshire
      • Cheshire Co.
        • Alstead
    Sinkankas, 1989. Emeralds & Other Beryls, p.556.; Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index; USGS Prof Paper 255
    www.toveco.com
        • Gilsum
    Rocks & Min. 65:301
        • Walpole
    P Cristofono collection 2010
      • Coos Co.
        • Bean's Purchase
    Sinkankas, 1989. Emerald and Other Beryls, p.555.
      • Grafton Co.
        • Alexandria
    Cameron, et. al. 1954. Pegmatite Investigations 1942-45 New England.; Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index; USGS Prof Paper 255
        • Grafton
    USGS Prof Paper 255
    Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index
        • Groton
    L Frahm collection
    Rocks & Min. 80:251
    USGS Prof Paper 255
    USGS Prof Paper 255
        • Orange
    Rocks & Minerals (2005) 80:242-261 New Hampshire Mineral Locality Index
        • Warren
    USGS Prof Paper 255
        • Wentworth
    Cameron, et. al. 1954. Pegmatite Investigations 1942-45 New England.; USGS Prof Paper 255
      • Rockingham Co.
        • Nottingham
    P Cristofono, 2010
        • Raymond
    USGS Prof Paper 353
    USGS Prof Paper 353
      • Sullivan Co.
        • Acworth
    Jeremy Zolan Collection; USGS Prof Paper 255; USGS Prof Paper 353
    No reference listed
        • Newport
    USGS Prof Paper 255
    The Minerals of New York City & Its Environs, New York Mineralogical Club Bull. Vol. 3, No. 1, Manchester, J.G. (1931): 84.
      • Westchester Co.
    The Minerals of New York City & Its Environs, New York Mineralogical Club Bull., Vol. 3, No. 1, Manchester, J.G. (1931): 65.
    • North Carolina
      • Ashe Co.
        • Beaver Creek
    Lesure, Frank G.,(1968) Mica Deposits of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina:USGS Professional Paper 577
    Lesure, Frank G.,(1968) Mica Deposits of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina :USGS Professional Paper 577
    Stanley,Ruth P.,(1968) Treasures Beneath My Feet in Ashe County,North Carolina:Rocks and Minerals,March 1968,pp.184-204; Lesure, Frank G.,(1968) Mica Deposits of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina :USGS Professional Paper 577
    Lesure, Frank G.,(1968) Mica Deposits of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina :USGS Professional Paper 577
    Lesure, Frank G.,(1968) Mica Deposits of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina:USGS Professional Paper 577
        • West Jefferson
    Lesure, Frank G.,(1968) Mica Deposits of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina :USGS Professional Paper 577
      • Buncombe Co.
        • Black Mountain
    Gemstones of North America by John Sinkankas, also Keith Wood collection
      • Burke Co.
        • Morganton
    Wilson,W.F and Mckenzie,B.J.,1980,Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina
    Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina-W.F.Wilson and B.J.Mckenzie-1980
      • Mitchell Co.
    MacFall, 1951. Gem Hunter's Guide, 1st ed.
    The Adams Collection
        • Spruce Pine District
          • Spruce Pine
    Streeter,Michael.,2003, A Rockhounding Guide to North Carolinas Blue Ridge Mountains
    Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina-W.F.Wilson and B.J.Mckenzie-1980
    Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina-W.F.Wilson and B.J.Mckenzie-1980
      • Yancey Co.
        • Spruce Pine District
          • Black Mtn-Bowlens Creek Area
            • Burnsville
              • Hurricane Mt.
    Richard James Jacquot,Jr,2003,Rock,Gem,and Mineral Collecting Sites In Western North Carolina,pg# 42
          • Burnsville
            • Hurricane Mountain
    Rocks & Min.: 60:99.
    • South Carolina
    Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
    • South Dakota
      • Custer Co.
        • Custer District
          • Berne
    USGS Prof Paper 297F
    • Virginia
      • Albemarle Co.
    Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
      • Amelia Co.
        • Amelia (Amelia Court House)
    Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
    Gems and Minerals of America-Jay Ellis Ransom-1974
      • Henry Co.
        • Providence Church
    Minerals of Virginia, 1990 by R. V. Dietrich
        • Ridgeway
    Rocks & Min. 20:264-5
    Vietnam
     
    Steve Sorrell Collection
    Zimbabwe
     
    • Mashonaland West
    Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 52.
        • Mwami (Miami)
    Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 53.
    Cairncross, B. (2004) Field Guide To Rocks & Minerals Of Southern Africa: 52.
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