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GeneralPotd 9/27

27th Sep 2019 15:00 UTCKyle Bayliff

It's interesting to see red beryl from outside of Utah, but is this really a red beryl? It's pink rather than the deep red-violet that the pictures of material from Utah usually shows, so I would have guessed morganite based on visual alone. Is the color in the New Mexico material caused by the same impurities as the Utah material?

28th Sep 2019 02:35 UTCMichael C. Michayluk

Although I agree this sure looks pink and I can't say for sure this isn't morganite....there is indeed true red beryl with the Mn3+ chromophore at this site. I encourage you to explore the locality on mindat and see some of the more typical red beryl that occurs there. There are some academic articles I could reference if you were interested. 

28th Sep 2019 16:32 UTCKyle Bayliff

I'm a chemist, not a geologist so I might not follow anything too esoteric on the geology side, but I am plenty interested in academic articles. Please do.

28th Sep 2019 08:42 UTCNick Gilly

Go with Occam's Razor. That crystal isn't red, therefore it can't be classified as red beryl. I would call it morganite.

28th Sep 2019 23:50 UTCRalph Bottrill Manager

As an aside it’s unfortunate that the linked photo shows without a title or location, which seems a bug. I know you can click on it, but still...

29th Sep 2019 05:19 UTCKyle Bayliff

I'm not sure why the title or location aren't included with the photo, but here's the locality that was listed with it: 

29th Sep 2019 09:02 UTCJolyon Ralph Founder

This is because you didn't read the instructions on the page when you were posting this message.

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