Red Beryl, American Red Emerald
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Bixbite is the orange-red to purple-red variety of beryl. The most valuable bixbites are those with a deep "raspberry" red color.
The first bixbite was found in the early 1900's in the Thomas Mountain range of Juab County in western Utah. Since then only two other locations have yielded the red beryl; the Wah Way Mountains of Beaver County, Utah and the Black Mountain range in New Mexico.
Lore & History:
The largest bixbite ever found measures 14mm by 34 mm and weighs approximately 54 carats, the average faceted bixbite is 0.15 carat and the largest faceted stone is just over 8 carats. Rarely are stones cut larger than 2 carats. Bixbite's color is permanent and impervious to heat or light. It's an anhydrous mineral, meaning it's free from the water of crystallization. This means it can be heated without cracking or exploding as an emerald would. Bixbite currently sells at an average price of about $2,000 a carat with larger stones being valued much, much higher. The red color of this beryl is thought to be due to the elemetn manganese (Mn2+) substituting for the Aluminum in the beryl structure.
Bixbite is said to be beneficial to those suffering from heart problems, liver trouble, and ailments of the mouth, throat and stomach.
Bixbite is used to enhance ones physical energy and creativity. It stimulates awareness and brings harmony and compatibility to relationships and helps one overcome grief and depression.
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