We take a look into the history and meaning behind the beryl; a popular family of gemstones that includes emerald and aquamarine.

What is beryl?

Beryl gemstone is a transparent pale green, blue, or yellow mineral consisting of a silicate of beryllium and aluminium, and is sometimes used as a gemstone. It is a single mineral with many different varieties of gemstone that are distinguished by their colour; there aren’t many minerals with so many known varieties specifically identified by their colour. Pure beryl is colourless, and it is varying traces of impurities that are responsible for the colour diversities. Beryl gemstone varieties include some of the most popular gems on the market; emerald is the green variety of beryl, aquamarine is the light blue-green variety and morganite is the pink variety. Beryl is found in Europe in Norway, Austria, Germany, Sweden (especially morganite) and Russia, as well as Brazil, Colombia, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, the United States, and Zambia.

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Beryl gemstone meaning

Throughout history there have been a range of myths and opinions what the true beryl meaning is and what it can bring to the wearer.

The word beryl is derived from the Greek word ‘beryllos’, which refers to a “precious blue-green colour-of-sea-water stone”. In ancient Greece they used the refracting properties of beryl to create the first spectacles known to man. An old folk’s tale states that by wearing a beryl gemstone it will make a lazy person more productive and someone with slow wits, much smarter.

As the family of many stones rich in energy, beryl gemstone is often linked to bringing the wearer creativity, increasing intelligence and reducing tiredness. It is also commonly used as a protection stone when going on a trip or a journey, and is used emotionally to help with fighting and disputes.

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Some beryl's exhibit asterism, which is a star-shaped pattern of reflections; a 'cat’s-eye' seen in reflected light.

The beryl gemstone is quite popular, not only for the range of colours, but also for their high brilliance and excellent hardness of 7.5, making them a great stone for jewellery and everyday wear.

According to ancient magical directions, when you have lost something, if you hold a beryl gemstone in your hand and visualise the object, still your mind, and allow your psychic impressions to work, it will reveal where the lost object is.