Yellow Beryl Gemstone Information

Golden beryl is also known as Heliodor, which is named after the Greek words for sun "helios" and gift "doron". The sunny yellow color of this beryl lives up to its name.  Although it isn't well known, Golden beryl has an illustrious pedigree. One of the most important gem families is beryl. With a trace of chromium to bestow a fabulous green, beryl becomes emerald, the rare and valuable green gem. If instead, nature includes a trace of iron in one valence state, beryl is aquamarine. You might not even realize that beryl comes in other colors.

Because golden beryl is largely unknown, it is much more affordable than aquamarine. Golden beryl gemstones are an excellent choice for jewelry due to their hardness, toughness, and resistance to corrosive substances.  Gemstone lovers are finally beginning to discover this fine gem, and as a result golden beryl is becoming an increasingly popular gemstone for jewelry.

The prices and value of golden beryl can vary tremendously, depending on the size and quality of the gemstone. AJS Gems is your source for the highest quality golden beryl and many other precious 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 mainly it comes down to value and choice...

When buying your gemstone loose instead of a pre-set stone, you can be sure that 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!


 Yellow Beryl Jewelry  

At AJS Gems, you will find a large collection of fine quality loose golden beryl gemstones at highly competitive prices. 



Origin Sri Lanka, Namibia, Africa, Brazil and Madagascar.
Color Yellow, lemon yellow to golden yellow and greenish yellow.
Refractive Index 1.58-1.59
Chemical Composition Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Hardness 7.5 - 8
Density 2.80
Crystal Structure Hexagonal
Zodiac Sign Scorpio

Golden beryl 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 toughness of golden beryl is quite good. Golden beryl crystallizes in the hexagonal crystal system with a prismatic, parallel and elongated crystal habit. The golden beryl stone is generally vertically striated or grooved, with vitreous luster. Golden beryl has imperfect cleavage which runs parallel to the basal pinacoid and specimens 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.


Small traces of iron, and a natural aura which emanates from minerals containing uranium, are sufficient to give a colorless beryl a more or less intense yellow tone - the typical color of the golden beryl. Golden beryl holds a fascination with its fine spectrum of yellow hues, from a weak lemon yellow to a warm golden color.

Iron and uranium together are also responsible for the fresh, stimulating greenish yellow of another beryl variety, the heliodor. The name goes with the color very well, being derived from the Greek helios (sun) and doron (gift). So heliodor is a 'gift from the sun' to Man.


Loose golden beryl crystals can be faceted into various gem cuts. The skilled hands of gemstone cutters turn them into a multitude of many-faceted shapes. In particular, golden beryls are well suited to rectangular or square step cuts, since it takes a clear design to bring out the transparent beauty of this colorful gemstone family to the full. 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.

Because the match of iron and beryl is complementary, the crystals often grow large and lovely, so cut stones can be sizable. The largest faceted golden beryl, 2,054 carats, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.


Golden beryl is sometimes heated at low temperatures to fully unlock its color. This treatment is permanent.

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

Golden beryl was discovered in the Namibia area of Africa in 1910 in a pegmatite that also produced aquamarine, which is also colored by iron. The mining company that found it named it Heliodor and commissioned a leading jewelry designer of the time, Lucas von Cranach, to create a fabulous jewelry ensemble for Kaiser Wilhem II of Germany and his wife in 1914.

These marketing efforts made golden beryl a sensation worldwide. Of course, a world war intervened and golden beryl was forgotten. It has not been as popular since.                                                            

Today the most important deposits are in Sri Lanka and Namibia.  Golden beryl is also found in Brazil and Madagascar, although fine gems with an intense banana-peel yellow are rare. 


There are extensive references to beryl as a gemstone in folk lore.

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.

Ancient literature notes that Pliny used powdered beryl to cure eye injuries.

Beryl was used to promote cheerfulness and marital love, to retard laziness, and maintain youthfulness.

Golden beryl is said to make one sympathetic and increase sincerity.

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".

Beryl gems can be useful in the treatment of concussions and damage to the cranial portions on the head.

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

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.

The message of Golden Beryl is that there is no obstacle that confidence and conviction cannot resolve.

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