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Morganite Information

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I am famous for my pink or rose-lilac color and nice luster. First discovered in Madagascar in 1911, I was named after an American banker and gem enthusiast.  I am actually a variety of Beryl and am sometimes called Pink Beryl.  Beryl is a group of many beautiful and important gemstone varieties including Emerald and Aquamarine.  It is the mineral inclusions that give the different varieties of Beryl their varied coloration. Beryl would be a very ordinary gemstone without these magnificent color varieties. Its pink variety, morganite, is colored by trace amounts of manganese that find their way into the crystal structure. It has excellent fire. Unfortunately, it is very rare, especially flawless specimens.

I am found in Madagascar, Brazil and various parts of the U.S.A. The first-discovered deposit yielded material that still sets the standard for the best morganite in the world. It displayed a bright purplish-pink color unseen in the current Brazilian material.

I am almost always heat-treated to produce or enhance the pink color. Lower quality morganite occurs in colors ranging from a peach-orange to a pinkish-yellow. Once heat-treated, its color changes to a beautiful soft pink. The heat treatment morganite undergoes is stable and does not degrade under ultraviolet light. However, some collectors actually value the untreated material above the treated pink form.

Morganite is commonly found as squat, tabular crystals that closely resemble Rose Quartz. The difference lies in the luster.  Morganite that is facetted in the correct way is much more lustrous than Rose Quartz.  My hardness ranks 7.5 to 8.0 on the Moh's Scale. I am actually tougher than my famous cousins.

With its luster, nice color and hardness, morganite is immensely suitable as a jewelry stone. It is simply its rareness that has prevented this beautiful gem achieving greater popularity.

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