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Red Beryl

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Formula:
Be3Al2Si6O18
System:
Hexagonal
Colour:
Gooseberry red, carmine ...
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
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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First Recorded Occurrence of Red Beryl

Year of Discovery:
1912
Geological Setting of First Recorded Material:
Mineralized rhyolite tuff.
Associated Minerals at First Recorded Locality:

Occurrences of Red Beryl

Geological Setting:
Mineralized rhyolite tuffs

Physical Properties of Red Beryl

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:
Be3Al2Si6O18
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Red Beryl to other Species

Common Associates:

Other Names for Red Beryl

Name in Other Languages:
Latvian:Biksbīts
Lithuanian:Biksbitas
Polish:Biksbit
Spanish:Bixbita

Other Information

Health Risks:
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

Internet Links for Red Beryl

Localities for Red Beryl

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 for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? 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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