Morganite’s subtle colour is caused by traces of manganese. Because morganite has distinct pleochroism - pale pink and a deeper bluish pink - it’s necessary to orientate the rough carefully for fashioning. Strong colour in morganite is rare, and gems usually have to be large to achieve the finest colour.
Untreated morganite often has a strong orange colour component, creating a salmon colour.
Morganite crystals can be large, with specimens from Brazil weighing over 10 kilograms.
Morganite was named after J.P. Morgan, one of the greatest financiers in history.
There are a number of processes used to alter the colour or apparent clarity, or to improve the durability of gems.Learn More
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Why We Love This Gemstone
Morganite can contain liquid inclusions that contain gas bubbles and possibly also solid phases.
Morganite forms beautiful hexagonal prism crystals that tend to be flatter than aquamarine crystals.
Morganite often comes in lighter pastel shades of pink.
Morganite can be pink, purplish pink, or orangey pink; often light in tone.
Although commonly light in tone, top-quality material is a strong pink.
Faceted morganite, in light and stronger colours, usually has no eye-visible inclusions.
Light-coloured crystals might be cut a little deep to intensify the colour.
Morganite comes in a variety of sizes, including large faceted gems and designer cuts.
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