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Goshenite Beryl

"The White Aqua"
 
History
 
Goshenite is the colorless transparent variety of beryl that was first discovered in Goshen, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA.

Now and again, beryl is found which lacks coloring substances. In such cases it simply remains a 'mere' colorless beryl. In the trade, it is more often referred to as goshenite after the place where it was originally found, Goshen, in Massachusetts.

You may hear goshenite called white beryl, in a reference to the clear color, or the “mother of gemstones,” because as soon as it acquires impurities, it can turn into a wide range of precious forms of beryl. Such as such as the trace of chromium which make them emerald, or manganese which turns them into morganite.

Here are some of the taking points of goshenite:

  • Goshenite is found worldwide, and it occurs in such large quantities that often inclusions in goshenite are rarely tolerated when using for gem purposes.
  • Good quality goshenite beryl is rare, and has little significance as a gemstone. It does, however, have some historical importance, having been the forerunner of today's spectacles. Even in ancient times, beryl was used to make glasses.
  • Goshenite even appears in some translations of the Bible, in which the wheels of God's chariot are said to be made from clear beryl.
  • Since the 1st century A.D., the good qualities of colorless beryl have made it an ideal substitute for other colorless gemstones. You may see goshenite used as a stand-in for diamonds in some cases, and it is also used more generally as a clear and attractive gemstone which can be cut into a variety of faceted or unfaceted shapes.
    • High brilliance
    • Their hardness (7.5 to 8), which makes them admirably well suited for use in jewelry.

 

Cutting of goshenite

The typical hexagonal beryl crystals with their often vertically striated surfaces are mainly found in the gemstone deposits of South America and those of Central and West Africa. However, they also occur on Madagascar, in Russia and the Ukraine, and in the USA. The skilled lapidaries turn them into a multitude of many-faceted shapes. In particular, beryls are well suited to rectangular or square step cuts, since it takes a clear design to bring out the transparent beauty of this colorful gemstone family to the full.

 Physical Properties:

Mohs Hardness of 7.5 with a hexagonal crystal structure.

Excellent hardness, and resistance to corrosive substances.

 

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