“It’s just beryl,” says my husband when mineral talk turns to emeralds. Scornful like. It troubles him that precious stones such as diamond and emerald are so incredibly plentiful relative to the rarer mineral species yet they command huge dollars on the cut-stone market. You have to hand it to De Beers for outstanding marketing.
His scorn is further enhanced by the fact the perfectly gorgeous natural crystals are put under the knife or grinder and fashioned into something that is supposedly superior in form. How dare we humans suggest that we can improve upon Mother Nature’s work?
He has a point.
Since he has yet to find a good specimen in his price range, there is a gap in the collection. I expect the box labelled “Beryl, Variety Emerald” will remain empty for some time.
In the meantime, here’s a reasonable facsimile colour-wise. It’s fluorite from the Rogerley Mine in Weardale, England. The piece measures 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm
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In response to Jennifer Nicole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge: Emerald