Bixbite – Red Beryl trade call Red Emerald
One of the top 10 rarest gems in the world
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.
Most red beryl gemstones are under 1/2 a carat in weight and a 2-3 carat would be considered very huge. Red beryl crystals range in color from orange-red to purplish-red with medium tones.
Gems connoisseur considers red beryl to be the rarest gemstone on earth, it is so rare that only one crystal is found for every 150,000 diamonds that are mined.
Only 10% of the gemstones cut from this rare material exceed 1 carat in weight, no wonder it has been named as the top 10 rarest gems!