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Beryl var: Heliodor

Posted by Harjo Neutkens  
Harjo Neutkens April 27, 2011 02:50PM
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A variety of Beryl Be3Al2Si6O18 Hexagonal

Heliodor, Murzinka, Russia 3,1cm


HeliodorAfghanistanKonar Province

Heliodor 3,6cm
Heliodor 4cm

Nuristan province sensu strictu became officially recognised in 2001 (wikipedia) or 2004 (, but was already known for 10 years. It was formed from the northern parts of Laghman Province and Konar (Kunar) Province.
Note, however, that "Nuristan" is also the traditional name for the region that encompasses these three current provinces (i.e., NE Afghanistan) and the name is still often used in that fashion.
Konar Province covers most of the Afghan part of the Konar valley, and most of the valleys of its confluents. Only a small part of the lower valley, a few kilometers upstream of its confluence with the Kabul river near Jalalabad, belongs to Nangarhar Province. Depending on which confluents are considered an integral part of the valley, the area referred to as "Konar Valley" may cover anything between about two thirds and all of Konar Province, making it not only a rather vague but also an ill-defined locality description. Therefore, photos of specimens labelled as coming from Konar Valley should be placed under Konar Province.

Possibly/probably, many Heliodor specimens from Konar province are irradiated Aquamarine crystals.

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Edited 8 time(s). Last edit at 04/27/2011 10:02PM by Harjo Neutkens.
Cliff Vermont April 01, 2014 01:16AM
DT Crystal 1.59 cm Wide, 1.27 cm Deep, 9.53 cm Tall
open | download - HELIODOR(Marambaia Carai, Brazil).jpg (553.5 KB)
Cliff Vermont April 01, 2014 01:22AM

DT Crystal 3.31 cm Wide, 2.21 cm Deep, 7.65 cm Tall
Jeff Scovil photo
open | download - HELIODOR(Volodarsk-Volynskiy 1A).jpg (23.8 KB)
Peter Lyckberg November 28, 2014 05:07PM
I think I will need to at one point give some input here.
I have personally dug pockets and collected gem heliodor in several pegmatites in Finland, Urals, Ukarine, Brazil and even in the Erongo!
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