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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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Tools

Buyer's Guide

Morganite is known primarily as a pastel-coloured gemstone. Buyers can choose among soft pink, purplish pink, and orangey pink. Although often light in colour, top-quality material can be a strong pink.

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What to look for

Colour is the most important morganite quality factor

The most prized morganite colours are a strong pink to magenta colour, often the result of heat treatment. Untreated material, especially from Brazil, often has a salmon-like orangy pink colour. Morganite’s colour is often light, and more intense colours cause a significant rise in value.

Clarity Refers to the Inclusions

Faceted morganite often does not have eye-visible inclusions. Larger sizes are more likely to show inclusions. Stones with numerous eye-visible inclusions are carved or cut as cabochons.

Cut is one of the most important appearance factors

Morganite is cut into a variety of shapes. It is a popular material for cut designers to fashion into unique creations. Morganite is also popular with gemstone carvers. Light-coloured material might be cut slightly deep to help intensify the colour.

Carat Weight Allows for Precise Measurements

Morganite is found in all sizes and is often cut in calibrated sizes to fit standard jewellery mountings. Large faceted stones are not uncommon.

Morganite Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide