Morganite: an entire palette of shades – from warmer oranges to restrained, colder pinks. A stone of the beryl family, more precisely – morganite is known as pink beryl, pink emerald, or “cesium beryl” (the same family belongs to both emerald and aquamarine, by the way). This mineral is named after one of the most famous bankers of all time – J.P. Morgan. Morganite is mostly found and mined in Brazil, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia, USA and Madagascar. The largest morganite ever found weighed more than 30 kg and was found in Brazil – this is where our morganites with which YURGA creates jewelry come from. We source them directly from local gem cutters.
When we think of morganite, the first association will always be its pink, peachy hues. But this gem is more than looks!
Shades of Morganite
Morganite is formed deep within the earth, under high pressure and high temperature conditions. It’s composed of beryllium aluminum silicate and the color of the gemstone is due to the presence of trace amounts of manganese. The deeper and more intense the pink color, the more valuable the morganite is considered to be.
Morganite is a gemstone which can be found in many different locations around the world.Morganite can be mined in countries such as Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia, the United States, yet some of the most famous morganite mines include Brazil, Madagascar, and Zambia. The largest morganite ever found weighed over 30 kg and was found in Brazil.
Since the mineral has a bright pleochroism (it refracts light differently at different angles, it looks different), when you look at it in one way it may appear light pink, in another angle – its cold, pink shade may emerge. The craftsmen who cut these stones and the jewelers who inlay them need attention and a sensitive eye. The form, the manner of grinding is extremely important. Bright morganite color is rare, and gems usually have to be large for the color to show clearly.
Here are the six main tones of morganite’s color palette.
Unfortunately, fakes and imitations of these gems are common. They often have very similar compositional, physical and optical properties to natural stone, the original. I.e. there are quite a few man-made laboratory morganites on the market. Today’s technology allows many stones to be imitated, sometimes by extracting properties with synthetic materials, or by using old, man-tested methods to imitate certain gems.
Raw, matte morganite will usually always be more or less a solid, warm shade, similar to the traditional salmon orange color. Various machining processes are used to emphasize the shade and enhance the clarity of each gemstone.
It is necessary to mention that despite its soft appearance, morganite is a rather hard gemstone, which is why it is popular in jewelry. It has a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, which means it is a great everyday companion and decoration. Therefore, it is popular in the selection of rings, earrings and other everyday jewelry.
Of course, like all minerals, morganite is said to have special, esoteric properties. It is believed that this precious stone helps to nurture care and love for oneself, protects the inner peace and emotional balance of the owner who wears it. In addition, morganite calms the heart, “extinguishes” anxiety, fiery character, so the stone is a great friend for those who suffer from emotional problems.
Medium light to medium pink, clean (without inclusions) stones are the most valuable. Their grinding pattern is very important. Murzinoki, stones with impurities will be in the lower part of the price range. Since morganite is often found in larger blocks, extremely large pieces do not at all mean a huge price – on the contrary, small, clean, perfectly polished and worked morganites gain more value. In this way, modest morganites, if they have a solid, excellent tone, will be more valuable than large ones.
We love adding morganite to our gold collections. Beautiful, original jewelry is created by combining gold tones with the warm, distinct, pink tones of morganite. A gemstone adds style, sophistication to any piece, whether it’s a bold ring, a delicate necklace or a pair of classic earrings.