Purple Blue Orange Color Change Beryl Facet Rough, Hydrothermal Exotic Beryl Crystals

Purple Blue Orange Color Change Beryl Facet Rough, Hydrothermal Exotic Beryl Crystals

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These are lab created beryl with a weird mix of colors: purple to blue color change on one axis, orange on the other.  Really cool!

Some pieces of rough have flaws like minor cracks and inclusions.

This is a real odd one, a type of beryl that just doesn't occur in nature.  I don't even know what the colorant is--cobalt might be involved?  It should cut some really unusual and beautiful stones!

Beryl is one of the most classic gem families but it turns out it is rather difficult to grow in the lab.  It can't be made by flame fusion or pulling methods, leaving the flux (slow and expensive and poisonous) and hydrothermal (slow and expensive and potentially explosive) methods.  Still, it compensates for that with its incredible range of colors, providing the gems emerald, morganite, aquamarine, heliodor and red beryl.

This one is a bit unusual for us since it wasn't grown for science--these are old vintage crystals that were grown in Russia for gem usage.  However, I will note that occasionally lasers are made using an emerald crystal rod.  The papers always have justifications about it being a good crystal matrix to hold chromium--but I suspect it has more to do with scientists proving that they can.

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