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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2005-19:  Potential for Gem Beryl and Schist Hosted Emerald in British Columbia

by Andrew S. Legun


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This article reviews the gem varieties of beryl, the associations of beryl with granitic rocks, and the particular association of emerald with ultramafic wallrocks affected by volatile-rich fluids.  The article includes an emerald potential map for the province and a general description of areas of gem beryl potential.  There has been little systematic work on transparent gemstones in British Columbia in spite of a number of gem discoveries in the last fifteen years.


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