Greetings All This became a political issue but the general consensus
was never that beryl must be green to be called emerald. Such an
argument simply cannot hold up against the other names long
established for gems. Yellow sapphire is an example - like blue
sapphire, it’s corundum yet no one insists it must be called yellow
There is more to the equation than just color. Red beryl is unlike
the other non-emerald beryls in terms of properties but very much
like the good old green emerald itself. The presence of “Jardin”
(the term for the inclusions found in emerald) is one example. Both
colors of this gem are of the same sub-group of the beryl family,
and they are the only two that can be classified in this way.
Red emerald/beryl is found exclusively in Utah, making it one of the
rarest of all gems. It is a gem for connoisseurs, not for the
average HSN buyer, and I can’t imagine that it was ever sold through
that channel. The limited quantity and high price of this material
does not lend itself to the HSN format.
The gem has been mined since the 1950s, if I recall correctly. Until
a few years ago, it was not marketed and has yet to reach the
awareness of the mainstream consumer. Truly an "American Beauty,"
this gem has great potential and hopefully we’ll see more of it in
the display cases of jewellers across the country.