1Lucky Beryl Gemstone – a Little Known Superstitiously Endowed Gemstone
Long, long ago it was once believed that gems were dew drops, raindrops and even tear drops hardened by the sun. This would probably include beryl and the other semi-precious and precious stones.
The most precious of the gems were thought to be those that came from India and Arabia because of the sun rising in the east and with the climate there being so hot.
Crystals in ancient times were believed to have the power to ward off evil spirits, to heal, and protect in battle. Ancients also believed that precious stones held the imprisoned souls of people who had in some way incurred the wrath of the gods.
Even now hundreds or thousands of years later, superstitions about gems and crystals still flourish. Many people believe in their physical, emotional and spiritual healing powers.
The twelve tribes of Israel wore gems on their breastplate representing their tribe. These included Emerald, Amethyst, and Beryl. Both emerald and amethyst are forms of beryl. Names of the tribes are thought to be associated with the gemstones given them.
Those who study folklore often wonder if the custom of wearing gems, such as beryl and other precious or semi-precious stones in jewelry didn’t originate in the mysticism surrounding them or whether these precious and semi-precious stones were just mere ornaments.
It does seem that the use of gems, whether in jewelry, ornaments, or otherwise, well predate any modern times and that during some of those times people thought the planetary influences played a part in the attributed power of certain gems. Those were the zodiac gems and other colorful gems. In general, ordinary or colorless stones conferred no influence on people.
Back in 1220 Arnoldus Saxo reported that “in addition to other virtues that beryl gave help against foes in battle or litigation; the wearer was rendered unconquerable and at the same time amiable, while his intellect was quickened and he was cured of laziness.”
In medieval times people took for granted any claimed influence in gemstones. When finally investigation into such claims was made it seemed reasons were tried to be discovered for such influences. You would think they would start out with the idea that the gemstones had no extraordinary or other powers and try to discover if they really did, but it was taken for granted there were powers in such stones.All the effort was to find an explanation for such claimed powers. One of the popular assumptions was that auto-suggestion or generally what we know as self-hypnosis was responsible for a gem’s powers. If a person believed a gemstone would affect or influence them in a certain way it would indeed happen because of auto-suggestion. They would really experience the claimed influence on themselves. Maybe this is a reason these ideas have lingered on and have been perpetuated for so long.
The Gemstone Beryl
Hardness: 7.5 – 8.0
Color: Colorless, White, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Brown
Beryl is not well known to the general public but is one of the most important gem minerals. Pure beryl is colorless, but it is frequently tinted by impurities; possible colors are green, blue, yellow, red, and white.
The many different impurities give beryl its varied coloration. Without these splendid color varieties, beryl would be a rather ordinary gemstone with only average fire and brilliance. Emerald is the green and aquamarine is the blue variety of beryl. The name beryl is used for the red and golden varieties.
The most common lucky beryl gemstones are Emerald and Aquamarine. Both Emerald and Aquamarine have a lot of powers and attributes attributed to them. Here are some of them:
· *Has the power to increase the wearer’s attractiveness to the opposite sex.
· *Promotes Love.
· *popular gift for lovers
· *was used as an oracle crystal in the Middle Ages
· *In some parts of the world emeralds are thought to be aphrodisiacs
The different forms of beryl gemstones are usually separated by their color and all have been used as gemstones;
Varieties of Beryl
· Emerald, green variety, most popular green gemstone and is one of the most valuable gems.
· Aquamarine, blue to blue-green variety, is the most popular light-blue gemstone.
· Morganite, pink to light-purple variety, named after the banker J.P. Morgan.
· Heliodor yellow to greenish-yellow variety. It can also include light green, orange, and brown Beryl.
· Golden Beryl has a golden yellow to orange-yellow color. The terms Heliodor and Golden Beryl are often interchangeable.
· Goshenite is the white to colorless variety of Beryl.
· Red Beryl, also known as Bixbite, is a rare, deep red variety found only two localities in Utah.
· Pezzottaite, also known as Raspberry Beryl, is a newly identified gemstone that was originally thought to be Beryl but has been scientifically distinguished as a separate mineral species. It occurs in a raspberry-red color, and its physical properties are almost identical to Beryl.
Uses of Beryl
All Beryl gemstone varieties are faceted into various gem cuts, especially Emerald and Aquamarine, which are one of the most popular jewelry gemstones.
Aquamarine and Morganite are often heat treated to intensify their colors, and Emeralds are commonly oiled to hide flaws. The other forms of Beryl stones are usually not treated or enhanced.
Beryl Location and Deposits
Golden beryls are found in Brazil, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Red beryl is only found in the United States (Utah). Pink beryl, or Morganite, is found in Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and the USA (California and Utah).