Blue beryl rough stones chosen during one of our many trips to South Africa.
In its purest form the mineral beryl is colourless but different impurities bring about an outstanding variety of colours. Gem-grade blue beryl is aquamarine, green is emerald. Although not that well known, when colourless the stone is known as goshenite. Red beryl which was once known as bixbite is exceptionally rare. It's now just known as red beryl after the name was removed due to possible confusion with a different mineral with a similar name that was discovered by the same mineralogist.
Most varieties of beryl are heated to enhance or change their colour. Blue aquamarine is far more popular than green so by heating the greener shades of blue beryl the colour can be changed or enhanced.
The colour of these rough blue beryl stones is completely natural. Despite not being polished they're surprisingly tactile.
The name beryl comes from the Greek word 'beryllos' meaning 'green stone'.
Weights and sizes of our rough blue beryl rough stones varies slightly from piece to piece. They're available in small and medium sizes with a 10% discount when you purchase five of the same size stone.