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Bixbite In Rhyolite

As many gem collectors know, bixbite, or red beryl, is one of the rarest gems on the planet. With few faceted gems trickling from its single source in the Wah Wah Mountains of Utah, USA, bixbite in rhyolite is a much more obtainable form of this beautiful gem. Bixbite in rhyolite is the perfect stone marriage, combining one of the rarest gems on the planet with an igneous rock long used as an ornamental stone. While there is precious crystalline bixbite present throughout the rhyolite matrix, cutting to retrieve only the bixbite would yield extremely small stones, with much of this vibrant gem going to waste. Leaving the bixbite in the rhyolite matrix preserves so much more of the material and provides a pleasing contrast of colors - and portrays precisely how these two materials united in nature millions of years ago.

Colors

Red, Dark Pink In Cream, White Matrix

  • Bixbite-in-rhyolite classification

    CommonName
    Bixbite In Rhyolite
    Species
    NA
    Variety
    Colors
    Red, Dark Pink In Cream, White Matrix
    AlternateNames
    Bayez Bixbite(TM)
    GemstoneGroups
    KeySeparations
    ClassificationComments
    Stone could possibly have a Bixbite RI between 1.566 and 1.572 if tested in red area of the stone.
  • Bixbite-in-rhyolite chemistry & crystallography

    ChemicalName
    beryllium aluminum silicate in silicon dioxide + potassium oxide
    ChemicalFormula
    Be3Al2(SiO3)6 in SiO2+K2O
    Synthesis
    CrystalSystem
    NA
    ChemistryClassification
    Rock
    Nature
    Natural
    Crystallinity
    Aggregate
    ChemistryComments
  • Bixbite-in-rhyolite optical properties

    Transparency
    Translucent - Opaque
    Dispersion
    OpticalComments
    RefractiveIndex
    Birefringence
    OpticCharacter
    OpticSign
    PolariscopeReaction
    Aggregate (AGG)
    Fluorescence
    SWUV:
    LWUV:
    CCFReaction
    Pleochroism
  • Bixbite-in-rhyolite characteristic physical properties

    Hardness
    6.5-7
    CharacteristicComments
    Streak
    SpecificGravity
    Toughness
    Inclusions
    Luster
    Vitreous
    Stability
    Fracture
    Cleavage