Red Beryl Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

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Red beryl, slightly purplish red, 0.31 cts, 5.4 x 3.9 mm, navette cut, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah. © The Gem Trader. Used with permission.

Originally known as bixbite, red beryls are some of the rarest, most desirable, and most expensive gemstones.

Red Beryl Value

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Red Beryl Faceted

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1 carat plus
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Morganite Faceted - Fine Color Morganite: slpR 3/4

1 to 10 carats
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10 carat plus
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Gold & Yellow Beryl Faceted - Fine Color Yellow: Y 4/4

1 to 10 carats
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Green Beryl Faceted - Fine Color Green: slyG 4/3

1 to 20 carats
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The great rarity of this material and its popularity with collectors mean that almost any sized piece in any clarity and color grade can find a ready buyer.

custom-cut red beryl - Utah

Red beryl, medium-dark red, 0.60 cts, 6.5 x 5 mm, custom hexagon cut, Wah Wah Mountains, Utah. © The Gem Trader. Used with permission.

Red Beryl Information

Data Value
Name Red Beryl
Is a Variety of Beryl
Alternate Common Names Bixbite
Crystallography Hexagonal
Refractive Index 1.567-1.572
Colors Red, deep rose, raspberry pink
Luster Vitreous
Hardness 7.5-8
Wearability Poor
Fracture Conchoidal to uneven
Specific Gravity 2.66-2.70
Birefringence 0.004-0.008
Cleavage Indistinct
Dispersion 0.014 (low)
Stone Sizes Crystals up to 2" in length. The very few stones known are less than 3 carats.
Heat Sensitivity No
Enhancements Fracture filling (rare)
Typical Treatments Fracture/Cavity Filling
Transparency Transparent to translucent
Absorption Spectrum Bands at 4250, 4800, 5300, and 5600-5800.
Formula Be3Al2Si6O18 (+Mn, +Cs, +Ti, +Zn, +Sn, +Li, +Rb, +B, +Zr, +Nb, +Pb and traces of other elements)
Pleochroism Purplish-red/orange-red.
Optics RI: o = 1.568-1.572; e = 1.567-1.568; Uniaxial (-)
Optic Sign Uniaxial -
Etymology Bixbite is named after its discoverer, the mineralogist Maynard Bixby.  The preferred name for this gem is red beryl, to avoid confusion with the mineral bixbyite, which is also named after him.
Occurrence In rhyolitic volcanic rocks.
Inclusions Long, hollow tubes, negative crystals, chrysanthemums. Healed and unhealed fractures, growth banding, two-phase inclusions, quartz, and bixbyite.
red beryl - crystal

Discovered in 1904, gem-quality red beryls like these crystals on matrix occur only at one site, the Wah Wah Mountains in Utah. 6.0 x 2.7 x 2.6 cm, Harris Claim, Wah Wah Mountans, Utah, USA. © Rob Lavinsky, Used with permission.

Does Red Beryl Make a Good Jewelry Stone?

Like most beryls, red beryl would make an excellent jewelry stone. However, most fine crystal specimens are zealously guarded by mineral collectors and never faceted. Few crystals even approach gem quality. Lapidaries cut fewer than 10,000 stones per year, with more than 95% of those being melee, mostly in lower grades.

Treat any red beryls set in jewelry with the same caution as emeralds, another variety of beryl. Although red beryls have an exceptional hardness of 7.5 to 8, they may have many inclusions. As a result, extremely rare faceted pieces may also receive fracture fillings. These gems require protective settings, especially if worn as ring stones. However, you’ll more likely encounter these stones in a mineral collection than a jewelry collection.

The best faceted red beryls would have a raspberry pink to slightly purplish red color and be no more than slightly included. The rule of exponential increase in price with increase in carat weight definitely applies to this gem, so often found in sub-carat sizes. With these gems, cut is an afterthought, value-wise. Faceters will try to produce the largest possible finished gems from their prized rough. As a result, the majority of these stones have windows and poor proportions.

reb beryl - faceted

Faceted red beryl (bixbite). Photo  by DonGuennie. Licensed under CC By-SA 4.0.

Are There Synthetic Red Beryls?

Synthetic red beryl manufactured in Russia has entered the gemstone and jewelry market. However, these hydrothermally lab-grown gems do have some properties which distinguish them from natural materials. Consult this 2001 GIA article for detailed information.

Where is Red Beryl Found?

Only one location, the Wah Wah Mountains in the American state of Utah, is known to produce gem-quality red beryls. In the past, various commercial mining ventures have had sporadic success in producing stones, but a new enterprise, using more modern methods, is doing better.

Unlike other beryls, red beryl occurs in white volcanic rhyolite.

How to Care for Red Beryl Gemstones

For cleaning and maintenance purposes, treat red beryls like emeralds. Never use mechanical cleaning methods, such as steam or ultrasonic systems. They may cause inclusions to burst, which can shatter your gemstones. Instead, use only warm water, detergent, and a soft brush for cleaning. Of course, you can also take your red beryls to a professional jeweler familiar with these rare gemstones.

Consult our gemstone jewelry care guide for more recommendations.

red beryl crystal on matrix

Red beryl (crystal size 1.7 cm), Wah Wah Mts, Beaver Co., Utah, USA. Photo by Didier Descouens. Licensed under CC By-SA 3.0.

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