A couple of years ago we had a field trip to Topaz Mountain and one
day we were allowed to collect at Brush-Wellman’s Beryllium mine. What
you describe is quite similar to what I collected there.
I had a sphere made of the purple material with swirling clouds of
white throughout, it is lovely. I also found much opalized materials
in colors from cream through green and into brown.
We were allowed to collect enough for our personal use, guess I got a
bucket full. While I was in Quartzsite I ran into a fellow field
tripper and was told that collecting there is no longer permitted.
This I do not know for sure at all.
The material at the site is crushed and processed. Yes it is