Lab Grown Beryl


      Lab Beryl is all grown using the hydrothermal growth method. The material is grown exclusively for the trade. We stock two types of green emerald, violet beryl, and red beryl (lab bixbite).

      Lab emerald (green beryl) is grown in two colors a darker "Zambian" color and brighter "Colombian" color. Colombian color emerald is an extremely vivid and bright gemstone that contains chromium as a dopant (one of the most vivid colors in all of lab gemstones). Colombian color emerald is one of the most expensive gem materials to produced. In order to keep the chromium in solution, the crystals must be grown in very acidic conditions. The autoclaves must be lined with platinum or gold to prevent the acidic solution from eating through the crucibles during growth.

      The appearance of hydrothermal beryl exhibits a "roiled lava" effect. It can be a very pleasing effect which can only be seen under certain lighting conditions.