Red Beryl

Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 5.0 x 4.7 cm
Start Time: 03/21/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/07/2009 7:15:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A sharp, somewhat translucent, 15 x 7 x 7 mm crystal of red beryl from the only spot on the planet where you can get such beasties. This is a classic example, and a good quality without breaking the bank. These are unique in the beryl world, and more are NOT being mined now. Only so many came out, and they will have to last collectors until hundreds of tons of overburden and a few dozen lawyers and other hassles can be removed to get at the deposit again. This location was once, a few years ago, even mined by Tiffany's looking unsuccessfully for commercial quantities of red beryl gem rough for jewelry - but it was too rare to do economically! I would argue that, given the remote location, small size of the deposit, and inaccessibility due to both geology and mining/legal issues, that banking specimens of red beryl is one of the best investments you can make in the mineral world. Valued $2000-2500