The beryl family of gems has one very high-standing star- the emerald, and some few second-rate stars like the aquamarine, but it also comes in a variety of gorgeous colors that have kept it popular with consumers. It's ironic that the famous green emerald is the most expensive of this family, but also the most frequently flawed and rarely found in good clarity. Other beryl gems are usually of very good clarity grade, rate a very acceptable 7.5-8 on the Moh scale of durability and make lovely pieces.
Arriving in a spectacular array of colors, beryl can be seen in rarer shades of pink or yellow, and also the more common shades of lilac, pale cream, various shades of orange and even pale sea-green. The more expensive pink gems are called ‘Morganite' and the yellow or greenish yellow are referred to as ‘Golden beryl'. The rarest of all is the red beryl (“bixbite”), also called ‘red emerald'. Bixbite was first discovered in Utah in the beginning of the 20 th century and it is so rare it holds the same value as the best emeralds.