A multi-methodological investigation of a synthetic Cu/Fe-bearing blue beryl [IV(Be2.86Cu0.14)Σ=3.00VI(Al1.83Fe3+0.14Mn2+0.03Mg0.03)Σ=2.03IV(Si5.97Al0.03) Σ=6.00O18(Li0.12Na0.040.40H2O)] has been performed by means of gemmological standard testing, electron microprobe chemical analyses, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy, thermo-gravimetric analyses, infrared spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, in order to determine the gemmological properties, the crystal structure and the crystal chemistry of this material. The increasing production of marketable hydrothermal synthetic beryls with “exotic” colours and the low number of studies on the accurate location of chromophores in the crystal structure aimed this multi-methodological investigation. The X-ray structural refinements confirm that the space group of the Cu/Fe-bearing blue beryl is P6/mcc, with unit-cell parameters: 9.2483a9.2502 and 9.2184c9.2211 Å. The analysis of the difference Fourier maps of the electron density suggests that Cu is located at the tetrahedral site (Wyckoff 6f-position) along with Be, whereas Fe shares the octahedral site with Al (4c-position). No evidence of extra-framework Cu/Fe-sites (i.e. channel sites) has been found. Li is likely located at the extra-framework 2b-site. Infrared spectra show that the H2O molecules are present with two configurations: one with the H•••H vector oriented // and the other with H•••H vector oriented .
Gemmological investigation of a synthetic blue beryl: a multi-methodological study / I. Adamo, G.D. Gatta, N. Rotiroti, V. Diella, A. Pavese. - In: MINERALOGICAL MAGAZINE. - ISSN 0026-461X. - 72:3(2008), pp. 799-808.
|Titolo:||Gemmological investigation of a synthetic blue beryl: a multi-methodological study|
ADAMO, ILARIA (Primo)
GATTA, GIACOMO DIEGO (Secondo)
PAVESE, ALESSANDRO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||synthetic beryl ; crystal chemistry ; plasma mass spectroscopy ; infrared spectroscopy ; single-crystal X-ray diffraction ; structurally-incorporated water|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore GEO/09 - Georisorse Miner.Appl.Mineral.-Petrogr.per l'amb.e i Beni Cul|
Settore GEO/06 - Mineralogia
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1180/minmag.2008.072.3.799|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|