updated in 2018
A BERYLLIUM ALUMINIUM CYCLOSILICATE
Should I label Beryl as as a commonly collected mineral? In its gem state Beryl is rather expensive. Never the less, Beryls are often not gemmy and then can be bought for very little, or they can be collected on “digs”. Beryls elongated hexagonal crystal form is pleasing even when not of gem quality.
A gem material, Beryls come in a variety of colors. All the Beryls shown on this page fall in the category of Aquamarine.
Hardness - 8
Chemical Class - Silicates
Crystal System - Hexagonal