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Monday, September 26, 2016

Bixbite is the red variety of Beryl, and is classified in the same  family as Emerald. This very rare gemstone was mined only at the Wah  Wah Mountains deposit in Utah and this deposit is finished for now. The  last operators had to totally restore the site when they passed on their  option. Anyone wishing to go back and re-open the mine will spend  millions just removing the overburden. There may still be red beryl in  the ground but it hasn't proven to be economical to pull it out. The  largest stones in the world are less than 3cts. in weight and there is  zero new production. A fine top color bixbite, even a slightly included  one could fetch prices exceeding even the best 1ct. sized diamonds.



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