Friday, July 20, 2012

Gemstone of the Week: Heliodor

(Heliodor image found on rage-gemstones.com)

Heliodor is another stunningly beautiful type of Beryl.  It is the yellow variety of the same mineral that gives us Aquamarine, Morganite, Emerald, and Goshenite. Heliodor generally forms as hexangonal columnar prismatic crystals.  The name "heliodor' is derived from the Greek word 'helios' meaning 'sun.' Some of the best crystals come from the Ural Mountains in Russia, but it can also be found in Namibia, Nigeria, Brazil, Ukraine, Madagascar, and various locations across the U.S.  Heliodor ccan have a per carat vale of $50-$350 depending on the depth of colour and quality of the stone.

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