Goshenite Gemstone Information


Sometimes known as white beryl, goshenite is the transparent, colorless, alkali-bearing pure beryl that was discovered in Goshen, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The Lily Pond mine in a pegmatite near a small lake was the source of crystals accompanied by other pale greenish-blue, bluish-green, yellowish, pink, and white beryl crystals. Originally the designation included "pink beryls" and "pale-colored beryls." The name is now applied to transparent colorless beryls and often includes nearly colorless aquamarine, where the blue tones are undetectable. 

Goshenite gemstones have excellent hardness, toughness, and resistance to corrosive substances. Dating back to the 1st century A.D., the good qualities of colorless beryl have long made it an ideal substitute for other colorless gemstones.

The prices, uses and value of goshenite vary tremendously, depending on the size and quality of the gemstone. AJS Gems is your source for the highest quality colored stones from across the globe, available at Bangkok direct wholesale prices. Creating the finest jewelry starts with finding the best gemstones, and the best gemstones are found at AJS Gems.

 
Why Buy Loose Gemstones Instead of Pre-Set Jewelry?
 
There are many reasons, but basically it boils down to value and choice...

When buying your goshenite gemstone loose instead of a pre-set stone, you can be sure you are getting the best value for your money.  Loose gemstones are less expensive, a better value, and you can really see what you are paying for.  The most important part of getting the right price and finding the best value is to first see what you're getting.  A jewelry setting will hide the inclusions inside a gem, and can deepen or brighten its color.  With a loose stone you can much more easily inspect the gem and see it for what it really is.  In this way you can get a better idea of its true worth and be sure you are paying a fair price.

The second advantage of buying a loose gemstone is choice.  You are free to pick the exact color, cut, shape and variety of the stone for the setting of your dreams, be it yellow gold, white gold, platinum or silver; prong set or bezel set with diamond accents.  You can experience the joy of creating your very own, one-of-a-kind jewelry design. Choose from a variety of jewelry settings and styles to create a completely original presentation that will perfectly suit your individual gemstone and will be as unique as you are!
 
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At AJS Gems, you will find a large collection of fine quality loose Goshenite gemstones at highly competitive prices.

Attributes

 

Origin North and South America, Brazil, China, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Northern Europe, East Africa, South Africa, Asia and Colombia
Color Colorless, White
Refractive Index 1.58-1.59
Chemical Composition Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Hardness 7.5 - 8
Density 2.80
Crystal Structure Hexagonal
Zodiac Sign Scorpio

 
Goshenite is a variety of the gemstone beryl. Beryl is a Cyclosilicate with the chemical composition Be3Al2(SiO3)6. Beryls are popular gems, not only on account of their magnificent colors. Their appeal also lies in their high brilliance and qualities such as their hardness (7.5 to 8), which makes them admirably well suited for use in jewellery.

The durability of goshenite is quite good. Goshenite  gemstones crystallize in the hexagonal crystal system with a prismatic, parallel and elongated crystal habit. Goshenite is generally vertically striated or grooved, with vitreous luster. Goshenite has imperfect cleavage which runs parallel to the basal pinacoid. Goshenite gemstones  can be found to be transparent to translucent.  It has a specific gravity of 2.80 and a Mohs hardness of from 7.5 to 8.  Refractive indices range around 1.58 to 1.59.  The refractive index (RI), measured using a refractometer, is an indication of the amount light rays are bent by a mineral. Birefringence is the difference between the minimum and maximum RI. When birefringence is high, light rays reflect off different parts of the back of a stone causing an apparent doubling of the back facets when viewed through the front facet.



Color

Goshenite gems appear only as colorless, near colorless or white. No trace elements are present in the chemical make-up of goshenite to impart color.


Cut

Loose goshenite beryl can be faceted into various gem cuts. The skilled hands of gemstone cutters turn them into a multitude of many-faceted shapes. In particular, beryls are well suited to rectangular or square step cuts. The usual traditional cuts are also seen like rounds, pears, ovals, emeralds, cushions, and many more.  Massive chunks of transparent beryl, usually morganite and heliodor are sometimes carved into ornamental figures. Furthermore, perfect, transparent, six-sided crystals are occasionally worn uncut as necklace pendants.

 

Treatments

Goshenite is not typically enhanced in any way.

AJS Gems fully discloses any and all treatments to our gemstones.
 

Sources

Goshenite is found worldwide, but significant deposits lie in various locations in the former U.S.S.R., Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. California, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, North Carolina, Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire are all sources of goshenite in the United States.  Goshenite crystals are also found in certain European countries such as Austria, Germany, and Ireland. It also occurs in Madagascar.  Goshenite is found to some extent in almost all beryl localities.

USA

Excellent goshenite crystals come from Mt. Antero, Chaffe Co., Colorado. Beautiful examples of goshenite were found in Pala and Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California. Fat, stubby crystals occur in Dixon, Rio Arriba Co., New Mexico, and gigantic masses in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Goshenite is found most commonly in granitic pegmatites, but also occurs in mica schists in the Ural Mountains and is often associated with tin and tungsten ore bodies. 

Beryl has become an important source of the element beryllium, a metal with a variety of commercial uses, such as in the manufacturing metal alloys.


Mythology

Originally, the name 'beryl' came from India. It was derived from the Sanskrit word 'veruliyam', an old term for the gemstone chrysoberyl, from which the Greek word 'beryllos' later developed.

Varieties of beryl have been considered gemstones since prehistoric times. Recognized for its beauty, in the Bible, in Ezekiel 1:16, the wheels of God's throne are described as having the appearance of "gleaming beryl".

Goshenite gems bring clarity of truth into life after use. The persons action and thoughts become tuned to their deepest desires and needs. It brings the physical body into balance with the mental. Goshenite is also mentioned in ancient texts that it was very popular as a divining tool amongst numerous older traditions in Ireland.

In ancient times, colorless beryl was used to make eyeglasses.

Legend says that beryl was once used to ward off demons and evil spirits and that it can protect the wearer from dangers whilst traveling.

Other legends also state that beryl can be used to bring about good luck, cheerfulness, energy, and eternal youthfulness.

Beryl had been used as a physician's tool and gazing stone since ancient times. Those beliefs persist today. Beryl is metaphysically attributed with the ability to cure a number of intestinal and stomach ills, such as nausea, ulcers, and seasickness.  It is also said to be effective at treating disorders of the heart and spine.

 

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