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Red Beryl

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Formula:
Be3Al2Si6O18
Colour:
Gooseberry red, carmine red, scarlet red
Lustre:
Vitreous
Hardness:
7½ - 8
Crystal System:
Hexagonal
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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Physical Properties of Red BerylHide

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

Chemical Properties of Red BerylHide

Formula:
Be3Al2Si6O18

Crystallography of Red BerylHide

Crystal System:
Hexagonal

First Recorded Occurrence of Red BerylHide

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

Synonyms of Red BerylHide

Other Language Names for Red BerylHide

Latvian:Biksbīts
Lithuanian:Biksbitas
Polish:Biksbit
Spanish:Bixbita

Varieties of Red BerylHide

RaspberylA marketing term for a raspberry red beryl, also used for some raspberry-red Pezzottaite (Cesium Beryl) crystals from Madagascar. Note that there is no relationship between the raspberry red colour and the cesium content, i.e. a raspberry red beryl can be...

Common AssociatesHide

QuartzSiO2
SanidineK(AlSi3O8)
TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Topaz6 photos of Red Beryl associated with Topaz on mindat.org.
Bixbyite5 photos of Red Beryl associated with Bixbyite on mindat.org.
Opal3 photos of Red Beryl associated with Opal on mindat.org.
Pseudobrookite2 photos of Red Beryl associated with Pseudobrookite on mindat.org.
Quartz2 photos of Red Beryl associated with Quartz on mindat.org.
Hematite2 photos of Red Beryl associated with Hematite on mindat.org.
Garnet1 photo of Red Beryl associated with Garnet on mindat.org.
Spessartine1 photo of Red Beryl associated with Spessartine on mindat.org.

Other InformationHide

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 BerylHide

Localities for Red BerylHide

This 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.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
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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