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Bixbite vs. Bixbyite


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   I am confused.  I thought the red beryl was called simply "red
tabular beryl" after its' form.  The black cubes from the area are
called bixbyite. I collected there more than 20 years ago and my
remembered names may be wrong. Steve Ramsdell 

Steve, there’s a minor spelling difference. Red beryl is "bixbite."
The shiny black cubic iron manganese oxide crystals found in the Utah
topaz deposits are “bixbyite.” They don’t make this easy, do they?
If I recall correctly (and don’t hold me to this!) I think both
minerals were named after the same person, so they had to make a
spelling distinction between the two.