Chrysoberyl is a family of minerals, which includes particularly sought after stones such as alexandrite or cat's eye chrysoberyl.
The name "chrysoberyl" comes from the Greek "khrusos" meaning "gold" and also from "berylos", for beryl. Chrysoberyl is therefore also called golden beryl, in reference to its yellow color.
The main deposits of this gem are in Brazil and Sri Lanka, but also in Myanmar, the United States, Madagascar, Russia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Chrysoberyl is a yellow-green stone. Its color varies from golden yellow to brownish green. There is a rare variety of chrysoberyl with bright blue-green shades, caused by the presence of vanadium.
Chrysoberyls are composed of beryllium oxide and aluminum, with traces of iron and chromium, which give this color so characteristic.
The Mohs scale, which ranks stones according to their hardness from 1 to 10, rates chrysoberyl at 8.5. It is therefore a fairly hard stone.
Chrysoberyl does not undergo treatment because it does not change its color. Thus, chrysoberyls are natural stones.
Chrysoberyl is not associated with a particular birth month. But alexandrite, a kind of chrysoberyl, is the stone of the June natives.
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