Myth/Legend | In Sailor Moon | Science & Culture
Myth and Legend
There is much folklore surrounding the use of Beryl. It has historically been used to improve psychic powers,
to help men in battle, and as a magical healing agent. Ancient legend says that Pliny used powdered beryl to
treat eye injuries. It is also recommended to help heal ailments of the liver, heart, spine, stomach, and glands, and is
thought to help alieviate exhaution, depression, obesity, nausea, ulcers, and constipation. In around 1220,
Arnoldus Saxo wrote that Beryl aided against enemies in battle or in litigation, that the wearer was rendered
unconquerable, and that his intellect was quickened. In Hindu culture, beryl is seen as a symbol of purity,
and it is often offered as a wedding gift. The old German translation of Thomas de Cantimpre's "De Proprietatibus
Rerum" states that beryl may reawaken the love of married people. It also is said to protect travelers from
danger, to help maintain youth, to increase sincerity, and to prevent laziness.
Beryl is often said to enhance one's psychic abilities. It is said to protect its wearer from being
telepathically manipulated, and it increases psychic awareness (particularly the gold variety). It has
sometimes been cut into spheres and used for scrying, and it is considered to be better than quartz for
The word originate from the Sanskrit word vaidurya, which means "crystal." That developed into
the Greek word for beryl, bÍryllos. The word was abbreviated as brill, which produced
the Italian word brillare ("shine"), then the French word briller, and finally the English
Beryl in Sailor Moon
Queen Beryl is the main
villain from the first season of Sailor Moon. Her hair, eyes, and fingernails are the fiery color of Red Beryl,
and she appears to wear jewelry in the color of Emerald. Queen Beryl does seem to have a psychic
inclination. In the anime and manga, she is often seen with a crystal ball, perhaps made of beryl,
which is an excellent medium for scrying.
Beryl's color is easily manipulated by impurities, much like the emotions of Queen Beryl in the manga.
Just like beryl can be changed to an entirely different color, so can Queen Beryl. She started
as a simple peasant girl who was in love with Prince Endymion, watching him from afar.
Queen Metallia took
advantage of her feelings and changed her into an evil queen, out to destroy Sailor Moon.
Science, History, and Culture
Beryl is a type of gemstone that is often unknown to the general public. It is famous for its
six-sided crystals. The crystals may be enormous; some have been found to be up to 30 feet long.
It is naturally transparent, but some inclusions may cause it to be opaque. It may be found in
Europe in Austria, Germany, Ireland, or England, and in South America. It also appears in South
Africa and Madagascar, and may appear in the United States in Utah, North Carolina, and the Dakotas.
Beryl is clear in its pure form, but various impurities cause it to change color. The colored
variants have all been given names which are quite well-known; for instance, emerald is the green
variety, and aquamarine is the blue variety.
Emerald is very highly prized, and the intensity of its green color remains unmatched in other green
gemstones. Uncut emeralds are very rare, because even low grade emeralds can be quite pricey when cut
as gems. Emeralds often come from Colombia, where they appear in limestone. They are also found in
South Africa, Brazil, in the Urals, and in North Carolina in the United States.
Aquamarine is another popular gem, although it is much more affordable. Generally, the deeper the
blue color of aquamarine, the more expensive it will be. A flawed aquamarine specimine is quite
difficult to find. It is very durable, but may develop cracks if hit hard. Its color may also
fade due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Heliodor is the greenish-yellow variety of Beryl. It is named after the Greek words Helios
and doron ("gift"). It is found in Brazil and Madagascar. The largest heliodor ever,
2054 carats, is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Goshenite is colorless beryl, and is relatively rare. It is named after where it was first
found, in Goshen, Massachusetts. The ancient Greeks used Goshenite as lenses, and the first
eyeglasses were probably made of it.
Red Beryl is the rarest member of the beryl family, and is only found in the Wah Wah Mountains
in Utah (United States). It is sometimes known as Bixbite, although this name is not
accepted by all gemologists. Only small quantities of this gem exist, and most are under a
carat in size, with many inclusions. Those that are over a carat are very rare, and can
be very expensive.
Morganite is the pink variety of beryl, and is one of the most popular. It was named after
gem collector J.P. Morgan. It was first discovered in California but has also been found in
Madagascar, Brazil, Mozambique, Nambia, Afghanistan, and Russia. Although found in many
locations, it is relatively rare. Morganite has often been marketed as "Pink Emerald" or
"Pink Aquamarine" to emphasize its relationship with those gemstones.
Other varieties of berly are not so uniquely named. They include Golden Beryl, Peach Beryl,
and Green Beryl (which is a much paler green than Emerald).