The Beryl family of gemstones are quite popular, not only for their range of color, but also for their high brilliance and excellent hardness of 7.5, making them quite suitable for everyday wear.
The ancient Greeks used the refracting properties of beryl to create the first spectacles known to man. At the time of Nero white or clear beryl was found on the Island of Elba and it was often cut to create eyeglasses.
Beryl originates from Mesopatamia and was worshiped as a magic stone by the ancient Hebrews, as it was believed to strengthen ones belief in God. The modern bible states that one day it will take it’s place in the walls of the New Jerusalem.
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