Updated: Sep 16, 2021
“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.
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.
Bixbite 是世界上最稀有的宝石之一，于1904年由梅纳德·比克斯比（Maynard Bixby）首次在犹他州发现。为了纪念他，他们将其命名为“ Bixbite”。但是真正具有宝石品质的红色绿柱石而是于1958年，在Wah Wah山区发现的。 ¬
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!
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