Bixbite – Red Beryl trade call Red Emerald Caratell
“ We know that bixbite is one of the top 10 rarest gems in the world since the deposit yield is about 0.5 carats of facetable red beryl per ton of ore,” comments Michael.
Caratell 2.20ct Bixbite / Red beryl and 2.32ct Diamond cocktail ring from ‘Sun Ray’ collection
Hardness of 7.5 to 8.0
Caratell is proud to present this extremely clean and rare of the rarest gems.
One of the rarest gems in the world, it was first discovered in Utah, 1904 by Maynard Bixby. In honor of him, they named it “Bixbite”. But the true gem quality was discovered in 1958 in the Wah Wah mountains.
The gem gets its red from Manganese, along with small amounts of iron, chromium, and calcium which take place of the aluminum in beryl structure. Consistent mining of the Red Beryl in the Wah Wah Mountains has only taken place since 1978, but the mine yielded only a small amount of rough (deposit yielded about 0.5 carat of facetable red beryl per ton of ore). It was agreed that it was too costly to continue mining, and the mine closed down permanently in 2001.