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Bixbite

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Bixbite is a variety of red beryl that is sometimes referred to as "red emerald" or "scarlet emerald."

Red beryl was first found in the Thomas Range in Juab County Utah, USA in the year 1905.

The small Bixbite crystals were found in a rhyolite host rock and were translucent but rarely gemmy.  It wasn't until later in the 1950's that larger, higher quality crystals were discovered in the Wah Wah Mountains of Beaver County.  These are the only bixbite crystals suitable for faceting.  Currently this is the only area in the world where gem quality red beryl is mined.

The largest bixbite ever found measures 14mm by 34 mm and weighs approximately 54 carats, the average faceted bixbite is 0.15 carat and the largest faceted stone is just over 8 carats. Rarely are stones cut larger than 2 carats.

Bixbite's color is permanent and impervious to heat or light. It's an anhydrous mineral, meaning it's free from the water of crystallization. This means Bixbite can be heated without cracking or exploding as an emerald would.

Bixbite currently sells at an average price of about $2,000 a carat with larger stones being valued much, much higher.

Astrological : Taurus and Aries

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Bixbite or red beryl as it is commonly known, is a stone of soothing and healing.

Bixbite is used by intuitives and mystics to bring harmony to relationships and to enhance compatibility.

Bixbite can helps one overcome grief and depression, supports one in dealing with co-dependency issues, allows one to focus on inner growth and provides freedom from negative energy, activates the heart chakra with a well-defined energy of purity and establishes an unmistakable condition of universal love.

HEALING PROPERTIES

All shades of red beryl, Bixbite, from pale violet, pink to red are helpful in an effort to break down prejudices and intolerance.

Intuitive sources state that physically bixbite is good for healing problems associated with the physical heart, liver, lungs, mouth, throat, stomach, physical energy level, and digestive system.