The beryllium minerals in hand specimens are frequently confused with topaz, quartz, apatite, garnet and other minerals. A simple but specific qualitative chemical test for beryllium would preclude any uncertainty. This paper describes a rapid fluorescent microtest which can be used with assurance for the detection of this element. It is essentially an adaptation of the qualitative (1) and quantitative (2) procedures developed for the determination of beryllium.

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