Beryll is one of the most common minerals and is classified in the mineral class of “silicates and germanates”. Even in the Middle Ages, the term “Beryll” was a veritable collective name for all clear and translucent minerals. For example, this term “glasses” or “brilliant” (bright, shiny) can be found. Beryllium also owes its name to the mineral beryll, which is the main part of the natural occurrence of the chemical element. Beryll, however, is more than that: he is also an important healing stone in Stonescience and helps with a wide range of ailments.
Beryll Origin and History
The name Beryll comes from the Latin “beryllus” or “berillus” and was used in the Middle Ages as a generic term for all clear crystals. This also gave rise to the word glasses, because the first lenses were cut from crystal.
The Beryll was revered by the Jews as a magic stone, it was to strengthen the faith in God, and in the Revelation of John it was considered the eighth of the twelve foundation stones of the city wall of Jerusalem. The ancient Greeks believed that beryll would strengthen their prestige and preserve love in marriage. They also realized that the Beryll is capable of breaking and diverting light. In the Middle Ages, the healing effects of the Beryll were also known, he was supposed to help against poisons according to the abbess of Bingen.
The emerald, a variety of the Beryll, was mined in Egypt as early as the 13th century BC and was also considered a large-scale gemstone in pre-Columbian South America.
Beryll – Varieties of Mineral
The most famous varieties of the Beryll, to which special effects as healing stones are also attributed, are the blue aquamarine and the green emerald. These two varieties are treated separately.
Other varieties are:
- the Bixhibit (red beryll)
- heliodor (Goldberyll)
- the Goshenite (colorless Beryll)
- the Morganite (pink Beryll)
- the Vanadiumberyll
The Meaning of Heliodors (Goldberyll)
The Heliodor is attributed a special importance among the Beryllen. Even before Christ’s birth, the Heliodor was regarded by the ancient Greeks as a protective stone and a rejuvenating healing stone. They also called it the “gift of the sun” (Greek: Helios Doron) and believed that it could combine the power and warmth of the sun and determine the rhythm between day and night. Its color may vary from yellow to blue-green.
Beryll – Occurrence and Origin
Beryll forms magmatically in granite and pegmatite or hydrothermal in quartz aisles or old people. Among other things, metamorphic berylles occur in gneiss. In the form of soap deposits in river sediments, Beryll may be secondary enriched.
Beryll occurrences are found in Brazil (e.g. Minas Gerais and Pici), In Colombia (Muzo and Coscuez), in Madagascar, Namibia, Norway, Austria, Pakistan, the Urals, Siberia, Mozambique and the USA.
Beryll crystals can also grow to be extraordinarily large. In the US state of Maine, a 6 metre long and one and a half tonne specimen has already been found, and in Mozambique there have been finds of crystals of up to 177 tonnes.
Characteristics of the Beryll
Depending on the variety, the Beryll has quite different colors. In addition to transparent stones, there are also white, yellow, blue, green, red and pink berylls.
The beryll is assigned to the hexagonal crystal system and represents an aluminium beryllium silicate. The mineral forms large crystals with prismatic to sour, table-based habitus. It has a glass- to grease-like gloss on the surfaces and also occurs in the form of granular or massive aggregates, which makes it easy to confuse with quartz. Beryll in its pure form is colourless and transparent. In the case of coloured varieties, the transparency decreases accordingly.
The Mohsian hardness of Beryll is 7.5 to 8, which is why Beryll is very fond of being processed into gemstones. Its melting point is 1650 ° C.
The Beryll is basically a so-called allochromatic gemstone. It is therefore foreign-coloured and in pure form usually colourless. Even a very small amount of other elements ensures the coloring of the beryll and the formation of the various varieties.
Beryll – Effect and application as a healing stone
The Beryll is said to have various effects on both the body and the soul as a healing stone. While the healing effects on the body are quite similar in all varieties, the effects on the soul are sometimes different. The possibilities of using Beryll as a healing stone in stone science are manifold.
Effect of beryll on the body
The beryll has a detoxifying effect on the body by stimulating the liver. It can also help with problems such as diarrhea or travel blockage, as well as for inflammation in the gastrointestinal area as well as hemorrhoids. The beryll also has a positive effect on the respiratory tract and relieves ailments such as angina and bronchitis, and eye diseases can also be treated with the healing stone. It also reduces stress.
Effect of beryll on the soul
The effect of the healing stone on the soul varies considerably, albeit quite similarly, depending on the variety.
Effect of the red beryll (bixhibite)
In case of lack of drive, the red beryll helps, its carrier can end with efficiency and also care.
Effect of the Goldberyll (Heliodor)
The Heliodor is considered a protective and healing stone. It is intended to give its wearer a healthy and also younger appearance and also to give more charisma. It also helps to promote a more flexible mind, thereby helping its institution to keep a clear head in planning, negotiation and intellectual activities. Thanks to the healing stone, it is even possible to bear more stress (e.g. enormous pressure) more easily, because the Heliodor gives balance and joy.
Effect of the Goshenite (colorless beryll)
The colourless Beryll is supposed to help as a healing stone against travel fever or homesickness. It is therefore also regarded as a protective stone when travelling. It should also increase concentration, contribute to efficient action, increase determination and promote patience. In combination with the Morganite, the Goshenite also enhances charm and eroticism.
Effect of the Morganite (pink beryll)
With the Morganite, its wearer gains more peace and serenity, the healing stone gives him confidence and provides relaxation. The Morganite can also relieve anxiety, as well as relieve pressure and stress. It also helps to survive bad times and to face unpleasant situations. As a healing stone, the Morganitalsoalsos a sense of responsibility also broadens the perspective. Self-conviction and overzealousness can be better discarded with the Morganite, its wearer can become more aware of suppressed feelings.
Effect of vanadium beryll
The vanadium beryll gives courage to its wearer and is supposed to help with despair. In this way, the healing stone can also ensure that its wearer achieves seemingly impossible things.
Beryll and the possibilities of use
Beryll works primarily by wearing or covering directly on the skin. Drum stones are particularly suitable for this purpose, as raw material usually has sharp break lines.
The production of gemstone water is possible, but should be carried out by a specialist (e.g. an experienced naturopath). This is also due to the fact that Beryll is considered to be the main source of the toxic light metal beryllium and the mode of action of gemstone water can only be assessed by the skilled person.
The Beryll is also increasingly common in meditation as well as in stone circles.
Beryll – The Right Care
Due to direct contact with the skin during wearing or laying on, the healing stone inevitably comes into contact with dirt from skin fats, cream and cosmetic residues or other dirt particles. Therefore, regular cleaning with hand-warm water and without additives such as soaps or cleaning agents is recommended. As important as possible, lime-free water such as very clean rainwater, is useful to avoid limescale deposits.
The beryll is discharged as required either under flowing lukewarm water under rubbing or overnight in a shell filled with hematite drum stones.
The beryll should only be charged when it is slowly warming up when wearing or laying on. Charging can then be done in the sun.
Beryll — Assignment to chakras and zodiac characters
Depending on the variety, the Beryll can unfold its effect as a healing stone in all chakras. Mainly the Beryll varieties are assigned to the zodiac sign Zwilling as the main stone and the Capricorn as balancing stone.
- The bixhibite (red beryll) works best by laying on the root chakra.
- The goshinite (colorless beryll) unfolds its effect on all chakras (root, sacral, heart, neck, crown and solar plexus charkra as well as on the third eye).
- The Heliodor works best as a healing stone on the heart and solar plexus chakra.
- The morganite (pink beryll) unfolds its effect very well on the root chakra.
- The vanadium beryll works very well by putting it on the heart chakra.
Beryll Ways of Using
The Beryll can be used as a raw material as well as a gemstone.
Use as raw material
Beryll is the main source of the toxic light metal beryllium. This is used, for example, in space technology as a component of special alloys. More than 80 percent of the world’s annual production comes from the United States.
In the Middle Ages, Berylle was also sanded as lenses and used as glasses. This was the name of the mineral.
Use of the Beryll as a gemstone
Basically, all varieties of the Beryll can be processed into gemstones with good quality. However, the emerald and aquamarine are the most widely used, which have always been mined for this purpose. But the Morganite is also a highly sought-after gemstone.
Usually clear gemstones are cut faceted. When grinding certain varieties, however, pleochroism (multi-coloured when viewed from different angles) must be taken into account.
Translucent or opaque berylls are usually provided with the cabochon cut. In addition, processing into art-related objects takes place in larger mineral aggregates.
The Morganite – A special beryll in the jewellery industry and stone science
In addition to emerald and aquamarine, the Morganite is one of the most popular and sought-after gemstones among the Beryllen. The reason is its pink to violet colour scheme, which radiates charm and esprit.
Even in stone science, the Morganite is increasingly regarded as a healing stone.
The properties of the Morganite
The Morganite belongs to the large group of berylle. Manganese provides the characteristic colouring of the mineral In addition to colours such as pale pink to pale purple, stones in light orange and rarely even in brown tones are also present. Sunlight and heat can change colour, with about 400 ° C changing colour.
Discovery of the Morganite
The story of the discovery of the Morganite is somewhat curious. Thus, the first discovery is not entirely clear, for the first time the first pink beryll was discovered in Russia at the end of the 19th century. Around the same time, stones with the same characteristics were also found in Africa and in 1908 in Madagascar. However, it was only the finds of pink berylls in Southern California’s Pala-Pegmatiten that became known.
In modern times, Morganite form magmatically in granite and pegmatite or hydrothermal in gorders or quartz passages. The pink beryll can be found mainly in Afghanistan, Brazil, China, the island of Elba, Madagascar, Namibia, Pakistan or even the USA.
Colour as a crucial quality feature of Morganites
Only from a certain size of the stone does the color of the Morganite really come to the fore. For this reason, larger stones are used for jewellery. The colour “pink” is considered an important characteristic of Morganites for assessing quality. Pure and delicate pink tones are particularly valuable.
However, this quality feature also has a small catch: In order to increase the value, not perfect stones or stones with yellow stitch are subjected to a heat treatment, which creates a beautiful pink. For this reason, it can be assumed that many commercially available Morganites have been treated. However, the paint produced by heat is not of permanent resistance, which is of course not recognizable at the time of purchase.
Morganite with Pleochroism
The Morganite has pleochroism, i.e. a multi-coloured ness from different eye-views. Some specimens also show a faint purple fluorescence. The real color of the Morganite can only be seen under neutral light. Most of the time, morganites are eye-clean, but can also contain tiny inclusions, which can often only be seen under a microscope or with a magnifying glass. The purer a Morganite appears under the magnifying glass, the higher the price of the gemstone.
Attention to confusion and counterfeiting
Especially morganites are easily confused with similar stones we the pink tourmaline, the pink saphier, the pink topaz, the kunzite or occasionally with rose quartz or calcite. Mineral dichroism can be used to exclude commuting, and Morganite also shows a red color under X-rays.
It is not uncommon to see counterfeits of the Morganite made of glass or synthetic spinel.