Red Beryl
Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Thumbnail, 0.8 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm
Ex. Jennie Areson

This deposit is unique in the world for red beryl or "red emerald" crystals. Many people today are familiar with the typically red but emerald-shaped crystals mined by Rex Harris and his family in the 1980s and 1990s, but this is the original, first style found - and predates modern mining at the Harris claims. These "rosettes" trickled out in the 1960s and were considered so rare and so desirable, they were priced like platinum. This is a lustrous and translucent, rose red crystal that is a doubly-terminated floater. It is just under 1 cm, and yet it has a surprising impact because of the saturated color and strange shape. These are literally unobtainable on the market, and I have only seen a handful in 35 years of dealing in minerals. While not "major" in size, these are significant in importance, and for any collector of gem species. This piece notes it was purchased from Larry Conklin in 1988 - for $700 (a lot of money at the time!). Out of all minerals, such historic oddities are among my favorites.