The name " beryl " is a collective name for different colored types of gemstones, which are similar in their chemical structure. The name beryl comes from the Latin "beryluss" or "berillus" and was already used in the Middle Ages as a generic term for all clear crystals.
Under the term precious beryl are all color varieties of beryl, except for the variety of aquamarine and emerald.
Since a beryl is an allochromatic gemstone, the pure form of beryl is colorless. A colorless beryl is called a "goshenite beryl." Only by a small amount of other elements, a coloration is caused, whereby the other variants are produced.
Emeralds, aquamarines or morganites - they all have at least one thing in common: they belong to the group of beryls! The respective color of a gemstone from the beryl group gives information about its name.
The emerald is considered to be the most precious stone of the beryl group and with its special green coloring it belongs to the most valuable gemstones in the world. The popular gemstone gets its color from an admixture of chrome, vanadium and iron. Colombia is the best known country of origin for emeralds due to their classic blue-green color. However, they also come from Brazil, Zambia, Ethiopia, Madagascar and other countries.
Aquamarine is one of the most common gemstones in the beryl group. The title is literally translated as "water of the sea". Aquamarine comes in a wide variety of blue shades, from delicate light blue to deep dark seawater blue, which are created by the addition of bivalent to trivalent iron ions. The most important aquamarine deposits are located in Brazil. But the ocean-blue gemstone is also found in Australia, Asia, the USA and in parts of Africa.
The popular Morganite also joins the group of beryls and is mainly found in Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique and Afghanistan. Due to its delicate pink color, it is also known as Rosaberyll. Its shades of pink range from light purple to peach. The gemstone gets its color from the trace element manganese. The gemstone owes its name to the American gemstone enthusiast and banker J.P. Morgan.
Besides these gemstones of the beryl group, there is also the gold beryl, which has a light yellow to golden yellow color. The pezzottaite stands for its raspberry to pure red color.
The beryl stones are said to have a calming healing effect. The colorless goshenite beryl is an ideal companion when traveling. It is said to help against travel fever as well as homesickness.
Beryls are popular gemstones
As varied as the colors of beryl are, there are many possibilities for its use as gemstones. The color spectrum of beryls covers almost all pastel shades, with stones of intense color saturation commanding higher prices.
This month we have expanded our selection of beryl gemstones in the store. You will find a selection of over 50 different beryls, as well as emeralds, aquamarines and morganites.
This was created from one of our beryl stones
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Sabine Meringdal, goldsmith from Aachen and founder of the label b.i.n.e. (Website: www.bine-atelier.de / Instagram: bine_atelier) creates unique pieces and small series that stand out for their wealth of ideas and craftsmanship. The owner of the studio makes wearable designs with an artistic version, but also custom jewelry for wearers.
This design of earrings is made of 585 yellow gold and 925 silver. Two white beryls, oval 7x5 mm, 0.60-0.70 cts., without treatment (item BY25001) and two kimberly certified and untreated diamonds (fine, white, LR, round 2x2 mm) were processed.