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Red Beryl

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Formula:
Be
 
3
Al
 
2
Si
 
6
O
 
18
System:HexagonalColour:Gooseberry red, carmine ...
Lustre:VitreousHardness:7½ - 8
Name:Originally named bixbite by Alfred Eppler in honor of Maynard Bixby [1853-1935], miner and mineral dealer of Salt Lake City, Utah. Named changed to red beryl to remove any confusion with the species bixbyite, named for the same person.
A variety of Beryl

A gooseberry red variety of Beryl.
Originally described from Maynard's Claim (Pismire Knolls), Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA.

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Classification of Red Beryl

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Type Occurrence of Red Beryl

Co-type Localities:Maynard's claim (Pismire Knolls), Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
The Cove (Topaz Valley), Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Year of Discovery:1912
Geological Setting of type material:Mineralized rhyolite tuff.
Associated Minerals at type locality:
QuartzSanidineTopaz

Occurrences of Red Beryl

Geological Setting:Mineralized rhyolite tuffs

Physical Properties of Red Beryl

Lustre:Vitreous
Diaphaneity (Transparency):Transparent, Translucent
Colour:Gooseberry red, carmine red, scarlet red
Streak:White
Hardness (Mohs):7½ - 8
Tenacity:Brittle
Cleavage:Imperfect/Fair
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Fracture:Conchoidal, Sub-Conchoidal

Crystallography of Red Beryl

Crystal System:Hexagonal

Chemical Properties of Red Beryl

Formula:
Be
 
3
Al
 
2
Si
 
6
O
 
18
Simplified for copy/paste:Be3Al2Si6O18
Essential elements:Al, Be, O, Si
All elements listed in formula:Al, Be, O, Si

Relationship of Red Beryl to other Species

Common Associates:
QuartzSanidineTopaz

Other Names for Red Beryl

Other Languages:
German:Roter Beryll
Bixbit
Japanese:レッドベリル
Latvian:Biksbīts
Lithuanian:Biksbitas
Polish:Biksbit
Spanish:Bixbita
Varieties:
Raspberyl

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.
Industrial Uses:gemstone

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  • Localities for Red Beryl

    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.
    USA
     
    • New Mexico
      • Sierra Co.
        • Paramount Canyon
    http://www.agmc.info/nm_mineral_locations.htm#Paramount%20Canyon,%20Sierra%20Co.,%20New%20Mexico
        • Taylor Creek Tin District (Black Range Tin District)
    Northrup, Minerals of New Mexico, 3rd Rev. Ed., 1996
    • Utah
      • Beaver Co.
        • Wah Wah Mts
    L. Ream (1979) Famous Mineral Localities: The Thomas Range, Wah Wah Mountains, and Vicinity, Western Utah. Mineralogical Record 10:261-278; Van King
      • Juab Co.
        • Thomas Range
    Am Min 19:82-88; Bowling, R. (2011) Topaz from Utsh's Maynard Mine Extra Lapis English 14:22-25
    Van King
    G. W. Robinson, V. King (1993) Whats New in Minerals. Mineralogical Record 24:381-395; Christian Bracke Collection
    Rick Dalrymple
          • Topaz Mountain
    J. Holfert, W. Mroch, J. Fuller (1996) A Field Guide to Topaz and Associated Minerals of the Thomas Range, Utah (Topaz Mountain) Vol I HM Publishing 103pp
    A Field Guide to Topaz and Associated Minerals of the Thomas Range, Utah- John Holfert et al, 1996
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