Beryl (Var: Red Beryl)
Wah Wah Mts, Beaver Co., Utah, USA
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 5.0 x 4.7 cm
A sharp, somewhat translucent, 15 x 7 x 7 mm crystal of red beryl on matrix from the only planet on the planet where they occur. This is a classic example of fine quality. These are unique in the beryl world, and more are not being mined now. Only so many came out, and they will have to last collectors until hundreds of tons of overburden and a few dozen lawyers and other hassles can be removed to get at the deposit again. This location was once, a few years ago, even mined by Tiffany's looking unsuccessfully for commercial quantities of red beryl gem rough for jewelry - but it was too rare to do economically.