18. Crimson Glory
An extraordinary 1.86 carat North American red beryl.
With an eye for the rare and unusual, Marcial de Gomar has always sought to collect specimens that stand out above the rest, including those found here in the United States. This spectacularly fine quality and, at 1.86 carats, amazingly large red beryl deservingly holds a place in the Marcial de Gomar Collection, representing another great example of extreme rarity and breathtaking beauty.
Found in volcanic rhyolite in the Wah-Wah Mountains of the State of Utah, the red beryl is the only other beryl classified as a Type III gem by GIA, and is, like the green emerald, capable of producing diffused light with chromium present, thus the case for referring to the gem as “red emerald” is made, in the same way the “sapphire,” meaning a blue stone, also comes in other colors. The cost and effort required to obtain just a single carat of red beryl is comparable to that necessary to obtain an estimated 20,000 carats of emerald in a Colombian mine. The red beryl (also known as red emerald) is impossibly rare, elected by the National Jewelers Association as the “Rarest Gemstone on Earth” in 2006. The manganese element that gives it its crimson berry color and the trace element of chromium, the same coloring agent as in Colombian emeralds, produces an astonishing hue in this highly rare prize, the Crimson Glory.
Accompanied by GIA report.
Note: Due to the inability of current technology capturing the blue green hues and light dispersion in emeralds accurately, digital and particularly print images, do no justice to the true beauty, color and fire of Colombian emeralds. These magnificent specimens truly need to be seen with the naked eye to be appreciated to their full extent.