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Morganite

Morganite is the pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, a mineral that includes emerald and aquamarine.

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Natural colour

Blends of pink and orange are typical natural morganite colours.

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Size

At 146.58 cts., this oval-cut morganite is a sizeable specimen.

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Pleochroism

This stone displays stronger colours at the ends of its oval shape.

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Hexagonal shape

This crystal displays the typical hexagonal growth patterns of beryl.

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Associated minerals

This morganite crystal is nestled in lepidocrocite.

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Steps

This crystal formed to resemble a series of hexagonal steps.

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Overview

About morganite

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.

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Salmon colour

Untreated morganite often has a strong orange colour component, creating a salmon colour.


Size

Morganite crystals can be large, with specimens from Brazil weighing over 10 kilograms.


Finance

Morganite was named after J.P. Morgan, one of the greatest financiers in history.


Facts

  • Mineral: Beryl
    Chemical composition

Where It's Found

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Treatments

There are a number of processes used to alter the colour or apparent clarity, or to improve the durability of gems.

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Synthetics

Some gemstones have synthetic counterparts that have essentially the same chemical, physical and optical properties, but are grown by man in a laboratory.

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Imitations

Any gem can be imitated – sometimes by man-made materials or by natural materials chosen by man to impersonate a particular gem.

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Why We Love This Gemstone

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Multiphase inclusions

Morganite can contain liquid inclusions that contain gas bubbles and possibly also solid phases.

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Flatter prisms

Morganite forms beautiful hexagonal prism crystals that tend to be flatter than aquamarine crystals.

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Pastel

Morganite often comes in lighter pastel shades of pink.

Quality Factors

Morganite can be pink, purplish pink, or orangey pink; often light in tone.

Colour

quality factors

Although commonly light in tone, top-quality material is a strong pink.

Clarity

quality factors

Faceted morganite, in light and stronger colours, usually has no eye-visible inclusions.

Cut

quality factors

Light-coloured crystals might be cut a little deep to intensify the colour.

Carat Weight

quality factors

Morganite comes in a variety of sizes, including large faceted gems and designer cuts.

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