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Mineralogy of Chrysoberyl
Mineral Family: Oxides
Chemical Composition: BeAl2O4
Color: Green, yellow (most common), can also be orange, pink, blue, brown, black and colorless.
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Form/Habit: Tabular, prismatic
Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal
Luminescence: Red, very weak (long and short waves)
Transparency: Transparent to translucent
Location: Chrysoberyl is found in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Mynamar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, the United States (Colorado and Conneticut) and Zimbabwe.
Mineral Family: Chrysoberyl is an Oxide mineral. The Oxide family has closely-packed Oxygen atoms with tiny bits of metal or semi-mental atoms occupying the space between. There are two forms of Oxide minerals, “simple Oxides” which only have a single type of metal or semi-metal, and “complex Oxides” which have multiple metals and/or semi-metals. Most Oxide minerals are found in igneous rocks. The most famous Oxide mineral is Corundum, which comes in every shade of the rainbow. Most of the time, Corundum is called Sapphire, regardless of whether it is blue, pink, orange, green, white, purple, or black. But when Corundum is red, it is called Ruby. Other famous Oxide minerals are metallic Hematite, Lodestone and Rutile.
Formation: Chrysoberyl is created when liquid magma slowly rises to the surface of the Earth, cooling down and transforming into igneous rocks. As the magma cools, water and other liquids which are present in the magma, become more concentrated and pick up various rare elements which are not incorporated into the usual major rock-forming minerals. These rare elements gradually turn into distinct, rare minerals such as Chrysoberyl and other gemstones.
Mining: Chrysoberyl is typically found in granite and depending on the location may be mined at its primary deposit. However Chrysoberyls are also commonly found in secondary alluvial deposts in streams and gravel beds.
Enhancements: Most forms of Chrysoberyls or Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl may be considered fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, or polishing. Alexanderite, a rare form of Chrysoberyl from Russia, which appears green in daylight but red under articifal light, is often manmade. Natural Alexandrite is one of the rarest and most extremely of all gemstones!
Synonym / Varieties: Alexandrite, Cat’s Eye
History of Chrysoberyl
The name Chrysoberyl is used to describe a variety of rare gems including, Alexandrite, Cat’s Eye, Golden Chrysoberyl and Green Chrysoberyl. Despite the name similarity, Chrysoberyl is not a member of the beryl family, which includes Aquamarine, Emerald and Morganite. Chrysoberyl was rarely included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, it is fairly popular with modern metaphysical healers and mineral collectors, and so is included in most modern lapidaries.
The name Chrysoberyl comes from the Greek chryso meaning “golden”. During ancient times, only Cat’s Eye and Golden Chrysoberyl were recognized, while Alexandrite wasn’t described until the 19th century. Green Chrysoberyl history is the least well-known of the Chrysoberyl family and most likely it was simply confused with other green gemstones until the advent of modern mineralogy.
Healing Properties of Chrysoberyl
Spiritual: Chrysoberyl is an empowering stone for bright new beginnings. It links our solar plexus chakra with our heart and crown chakras; allowing us to move forward confidently, be guided by Love, and to act wisely in service of the Highest Good. Chrysoberyl helps us to see and acknowledge our own true self-worth and to resist the fearful urge to “play small” or diminish ourselves in front of others. It joyfully dares us to take control of our own destiny and to allow our secret dreams to come to life. Chrysoberyl has a very practical vibration as well, helping us to be more astute in our spiritual life, and not be charmed by false prophets or their promises. It promotes long lasting peace of mind, and helps us to figure out what is necessary for us in order to thrive in our daily life. Chrysoberyl is attuned to the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Leo. It is connected to the elements of wind and water and vibrates to the number 6.
Emotional: Chrysoberyl has a very gentle and compassionate energy. It teaches us that the strongest and wisest people, are the ones who dare to live from the heart. It urges us to actively face the reality of negative emotions or situations, and to not run away from them or hide. Chrysoberyl helps us to stabilize and stay grounded during times of trauma or stress. It reminds us to keep in mind the larger picture and to do whatever is necessary in order to return to a state of peace and joy. When someone has harmed us, Chrysoberyl encourages us to be magnanimous and forgiving. When we are the ones in error, Chrysoberyl helps us to admit our mistake, fix the problem as best we can and then forgive ourselves for being wrong. It reminds us that it is never too late to start again, and to learn from the lessons of the past so we can create a peaceful present and a wonderful future.
Mental: Chrysoberyl strengthens our analytical skills and encourages us to think strategically. It is particularly useful while we are in the planning stage of any endeavor. It reminds us to make plans with actionable steps and achievable small goals, even if the overall goal is large and ambitious. Chrysoberyl can also help us to stay the course and to have the self-discipline to follow our plans through until completion. If we discover that our plans include old patterns of thinking or acting that no longer serve us, Chrysoberyl can help us to rewrite our habits. In particular, Chrysoberyl is useful when we need to stop listening to our own anxious thoughts, fears and worries, and instead focus on what we need to do in order to make our lives better and to create a peaceful and joyful life. Chrysoberyl may also push us to think beyond our own limited ego, and instead consider the larger world and how we can play a part in improving it for future generations. It encourages us to understand opposing viewpoints and accurate judge their merit, and to adjust our own thinking as needed.
Physical: Chrysoberyl is said to enhance our body’s natural self-healing ability and to help us to understand the primary reason(s) for any illness or injury. It has been used by metaphysical healers to treat muscle weakness and nerve strain, including paralysis, as well as various heart and liver problems. It is also said to help the body more quickly recovery from radiation cancer treatments and to help regulate the natural chemical balance of the body.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Chrysoberyl
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Chrysoberyl was artisanally-mined in Orrissa, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
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This Chrysoberyl was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
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I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Chrysoberyl Tumbled Stone
Color: Green, translucent. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Chrysoberyl
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