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So apparently Beryl is a mineral. At first I thought that Beryl was some weird name for a girl, like Sheryl but with a B. But it's not a name, I guess, it's a mineral. More specifically, this mineral encompasses an entire family of gemstones. Who knew? We do, now, because that's what we're here for. Learning things.
Now that I think of it, though, I'd name my hypothetical baby girl Beryl, rather than something like Mercedes, or Super Fly. But still, I'd try real hard to think of a name I like more than Beryl. I won't do that right now, however. This is a blog about gemstones, not baby names. If you're looking for baby names, go to a baby name website, or buy a baby name book, or maybe search for a baby name blog. They've got to be out there somewhere.
So yeah. Gemstones. Beryl.
Can anyone guess what color pure beryl is? No really. Guess.
Ok, I'll give you a minute or two.
Did you guess? Good.
Ok. If you guessed yellow, or pink, or dark brown, or mauve, or taupe, well, those were good guesses, but unfortunately they're all wrong. Pure beryl is colorless, it turns out.
Not pretty enough? Ok, try this.
So apparently this particularly boring variety of Beryl is called Goshenite. As in, "Oh Gosh, this gemstone looks like fake diamond. Why can't it be taupe!?!?"
Fun fact: Taupe is the king of colors.
Now, if you remember the beginning of this post (and if you don't, don't bother scrolling back up, I'll rehash it for you in a second), Beryl isn't just one boring gemstone, it's an entire family of less boring gemstones, each of which has a distinctive color due to impurities and such.
Are you noticing a pattern here?
Pure: colorless, boring.
Impure: colorful, not boring.
So anyway, after research and whatnot, I have condensed the many wonderful varieties of Beryl into the most significant four, the "big four", if you will.
So, now that we have a nice list of gemstones, let's go through them in order, mmkay?
In Morganite's case, the color is caused by Manganese ions. It was first discovered near Madagascar in 1910, and named after J.P. Morgan. The distinctive pink color of Morganite is often banded together with patches of orange or yellow colors, which can be removed by heat or radiation treatment. So if your nerd friend wasn't impressed with your gift of Topaz (dedicated to Jupiter, of course), make them a fun little science kit with Morganite and a Geiger Counter.
Chris the Intern