Other Names: Velurya, vaidurya
Origin of Name: Ancient Greek βυρρηλος,
Meaning of the Stone: The blue-green color of the sea
Family: Silicate mineral
Region: USA,Russia, Australia,Brazil, Czech Republic, Norway, France
Color: green, blue, pink, yellow, gold, colorless, pink
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Hardness (Gravity): 7.5-8( 2.76 avg.)
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Similar Minerals: Bazzite, Bixbite
1. Legend and History:
Beryl received its name from the Ancient Greek word beryllos, which meant the blue green color of a water stone in the sea; however, etymologically the word may have also derived from the latin berillus, or Hindu languages with the name veruliya, velurya, vilar, which means to become pale, as in it’s clear form as a mineral beryl is transparent and colorless.
2. Origin in nature and use:
Beryl is a very popular mineral which occurs in a diversity of colors and varieties in the gemstone field.The size of such hexagonal crystals also varies, as they can be found in very small deposits, or even several meters high. The most rare of varieties of beryl are the Terminated Crystals. Pure Beryl is in fat colorless, a large amount of impurities however cause the aforementioned large variety of colors, these are Aquamarine, a sky-blue to green variety, Emerald, a green gem variety, Golden Beryl, Goshenite, Green Beryl, Heliodor, Morganite, Precious Beryl and Red Beryl.
The deep green emerald variety is one of the most prized and valuable of the Beryl family.
3. Interesting Facts:
The latin word berillus is the reason for the word brilliance in English, as it was abbreviated to brill, producing the Italian word brillare which means “shine”.
4. Care and Storing:
Beryl is relatively hard in its consistency, however, different treatment is used for different varieties , and as any precious gemstone, it must be cleaned with a soft cloth and warm water, and stored in a soft pouch or presentation box, away from other stones.