Golden Beryl is a beautiful yellow gemstone from the famous Xia Mine in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Golden Beryl’s spectrum of magnificent yellows combined with their high transparency, brilliance and durability, makes them a popular jewelry gemstone.
Hardness 7.5 – 8
Refractive Index 1.562 – 1.602
Relative Density 2.66 – 2.87
Related to Aquamarine and Emerald, Golden Beryl’s spectrum of magnificent yellows combined with their high transparency, beautiful brilliance and durability, makes them a well-suited and popular choice for gemstone jewelry. Golden Beryl possesses many of the same characteristics of another Beryl gemstone, Aquamarine. In fact, they are often found in the same deposits. Unlike Emeralds, Aquamarine and Golden Beryl typically have a high clarity and transparency, making color their most important consideration. Because color is such an important value determinant for Golden Beryl, skillful lapidaries employ cuts that accentuate color, also finishing the gems’ eye-clean, the highest quality clarity grade for colored gemstones.
Golden Beryl is a member of the Beryl mineral family (from the ancient Greek ‘beryllos’, meaning blue-green stone), commonly known as the ‘mother of gemstones’ because of its highly regarded gem varieties. Pure Beryl is colorless and trace amounts of elements are responsible for producing Beryl’s wonderful colors. Apart from Golden Beryl’s yellows, other Beryl gemstones include Aquamarine blues, Bixbite reds, Emerald greens, Goshenite whites (colorless), Heliodor greenish-yellows, and Morganite pinks.
Ranging in color from pastel yellow to a brilliant gold, Golden Beryl’s hues are due to trace amounts of ferric iron. Golden Beryl is sometimes synonymous with Heliodor (‘gift from the sun’ from the Greek ‘helios’ sun and ‘doron’ gift), but correctly, Golden Beryl and Heliodor are differentiated by their color; Golden Beryl is a purer yellow or an orange-yellow, while Heliodor is greenish-yellow. Our Golden Beryl comes from the famous Xia Mine near Sao Jose do Safira in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. A traditional and coveted source for Golden Beryl, the Xia Mine is currently closed. While Golden Beryl is found in Madagascar, Namibia, Russia and Ukraine, Brazil is the main source with fine examples commanding higher prices due to their comparative rarity.
Durability & Care
Golden Beryl (Mohs’ Hardness: 7.5 – 8) is an excellent choice for everyday jewelry. Always store Golden Beryl carefully to avoid scuffs and scratches. Clean with gentle soap and lukewarm water, scrubbing behind the gem with a very soft toothbrush as necessary. After cleaning, pat dry with a soft towel or chamois cloth.