Gemstone: Morganite

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Morganite is an orange or pink gemstone as well as a type of beryllium. Morganite, also known as pink beryllium, rose beryllium, pink emerald and “cesium beryllium”. Morganite is named after J. P. Morgan, one of the most famous bankers of all time. Morganite can be mined in countries such as Brazil, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia, the United States and Madagascar.

The delicate color of Morganite is determined by the traces of manganese. Because morganite has a pronounced pleochroism, a light pink and a deeper bluish-pink color, it is necessary to focus carefully on the gem’s roughness. A bright color of morganite is rare, and gemstones usually need to be large to achieve the best color.

Untreated morganite regularly has a solid orange hue that recreates the tone of salmon meat. There are various processes used to adjust the hue, apparent transparency, or solidity of gemstones. Morganite gemstones can be huge, with examples from Brazil weighing more than 10 kilograms. Some of these gemstones may be imitations that have essentially similar compositional, physical, and optical properties, but are created in a human laboratory. Any stone can be imitated – sometimes with synthetic materials or ordinary human-selected materials that mimic a certain gemstone.

Moderately light or moderately pink, clean stones with custom cuts are the most valuable of all morganites. Extremely light and cracked stones are at the lower end of the price range. Because morganite is often found in larger gemstones, its size does not increase its price dramatically. Interestingly, more modest morganites, if they demonstrate excellent tone, may be more valuable than larger ones. To show off a great tone, huge stones have to be so large that they cannot be used as jewelry. Much like the unheated greenish-sea shade of aquamarine, a slightly evolving portion of buyers tend to the unheated sweet shade of morganite and will pay a premium to get a raw, natural piece of gemstone.

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