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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Beryl

Photograph of a beryl crystal (147950) from the National Mineral Collection
Photo by Chip Clark. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH 147950-00
Locality Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

From the exhibit

The mineral beryl is one of the most important ores of beryllium. Some beryls—like the blue-green variety above—can be shaped into stunning gemstones. Gem beryls, except for emeralds, come almost exclusively from pegmatites.

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