A Tiffany neckace of aquamarine, yellow beryl and diamonds. A British soldier and amateur geologist thought he had struck it rich with the discovery of beryl deposits in Hong Kong in 1955, but his dreams were soon dashed. A Tiffany neckace of aquamarine, yellow beryl and diamonds. A British soldier and amateur geologist thought he had struck it rich with the discovery of beryl deposits in Hong Kong in 1955, but his dreams were soon dashed.
A Tiffany neckace of aquamarine, yellow beryl and diamonds. A British soldier and amateur geologist thought he had struck it rich with the discovery of beryl deposits in Hong Kong in 1955, but his dreams were soon dashed.

When a soldier thought he had struck it rich in Hong Kong with the discovery of deposits of beryl, a mineral ‘as rare as uranium’

  • William Harries, an amateur geologist and British soldier, dis­covered beryl in the New Territories, which he said was ‘as rare as uranium’, in 1955
  • A spokesman for the company that held the only prospecting licence for beryl swiftly refuted Harries’ claims, but he vowed to press ahead

Topic |   Old Hong Kong
A Tiffany neckace of aquamarine, yellow beryl and diamonds. A British soldier and amateur geologist thought he had struck it rich with the discovery of beryl deposits in Hong Kong in 1955, but his dreams were soon dashed. A Tiffany neckace of aquamarine, yellow beryl and diamonds. A British soldier and amateur geologist thought he had struck it rich with the discovery of beryl deposits in Hong Kong in 1955, but his dreams were soon dashed.
A Tiffany neckace of aquamarine, yellow beryl and diamonds. A British soldier and amateur geologist thought he had struck it rich with the discovery of beryl deposits in Hong Kong in 1955, but his dreams were soon dashed.
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