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June 22, 2009

Gemstone Knowledge of Bixbite (Red Beryl)

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Gemstone Knowledge of Bixbite (Red Beryl)

Bixbite (Red Beryl) Gemstone

Bixbite (Red Beryl) Gemstone

Family: Bold Bixbite belongs to the Quartz family of gemstones

Country Location: Bixbite has a very restricted amount of sources.  The two locations known are the Wah Wah Mountains (Utah, USA) and Mexico.

Rock Type: Bixbite can be found in pegmatites (a coarse grained igneous rock), metamorphic rock and silica rich volcanic rocks.  To crystallize, Bixbite needs low pressure and high temperature conditions, often found in the gas phase along fractures and cavities.  Bixbite is often found where Topaz, Spessartite and other Quartz have formed.

Hardness: Bixbite’s hardness measures at 7.5 making it resilient when mined for jewellery use.

Popular Cuts: Bixbite can only be found using the Brilliant Cut which accentuates its birefringence (double refraction), rich colour and fire.

Colour: Bixbite is most commonly found in a rich, clear red hue with blue tinges. This rich red colour is created by the elements of manganese and caesium, whereas the blue tones can be attributed to titanium elements.

Lustre: Bixbite’s lustre is Vitreous.

History: Bixbite, also known as Red Beryl, is named after Maynard Bixby, a well known mineral collector.  Because Bixbite is considered very rare and expensive, those stones faceted for jewellery use are no larger than 3 carats.

Folklore: Bixbite has a fanciful folklore around it.  Many believe that it increases physical energy, creativity and awareness.  It also promotes harmony in relationships.  Some believe Bixbite helps those to deal with anxiety and depression.  Physically, Bixbite helps quell digestive disorders and strengthen the heart and lungs.

Birthstone: Bixbite is an alternative birthstone of April.

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