November, 2017

More about… beryl

In its pure form, beryl is a colourless mineral. The first eyeglasses in the late Middle Ages were made from this polished stone. In fact, this is where the Dutch and German words for 'glasses' comes from ('bril' and 'Brille', respectively).

The various impurities give beryl its various hues. Logical, since the beryl group encompasses aquamarine, morganite and emerald, among others. Aquamarine also means 'water from the sea'. The stone comes in sea-green – the favourite colour ...
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