Red Beryl

10 Gemstones Much Rarer Than Diamond 

Red beryl (aka bixbite, “red emerald,” or “scarlet emerald”) was first described in 1904, and while it is closely related on a chemical level to both emerald and aquamarine, it is considerably rarer than both. (The mineral’s red color is due to the presence of Mn3+ ions.)

The mineral’s known distribution is limited to parts of Utah and New Mexico, and has proven exceptionally difficult to mine in an economically feasible fashion. As a result, some published estimates say rubies of similar quality (rubies being a rare gem, themselves), are roughly 8000 times as plentiful as any given red beryl specimen. Consequently, prices on red beryl have been known to reach as much as 10 grand per carat for cut stones. [Photo Credit:Rob Lavinsky

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