Morganite is a gemstone that is also called the ‘Rose Beryl’, ‘Pink Emerald’, ‘Pink Beryl’ and ‘Cesian Beryl’. This is a stone that varies in hues from a rare light pink to a rose colored gem while orange and yellow varieties are also found. Though this gemstone has been around for a million of years ago, it was known as Morganite only about a hundred years ago.
In fact, it was on in 1911 that the gemstone market viewed the pink beryl as a form of beryl, and not an independent gemstone. It was in 1911 that Morganite was named in honor of the banker and mineral collector, John Pierpont Morgan.
Today, the Morganite is another famous beryl like other relative gems in the beryl family – the emerald and aquamarine. Women from all parts of the world love wearing Morganite jewelry for its fine pink tones that radiate esprit, charm and tenderness, very similar to pink tourmaline.
The deposits of Morganite
Beryl is actually composed of beryllium aluminum silicates, which are rich in minerals. Its pure form is colorless, while it is its structure that can intercalate foreign elements like manganese, chrome and iron. It is when manganese is intercalated in beryl that the plain, colorless beryl turns into the enticing pink treasure we know, Morganite.
Morganite is today harnessed from deposits in Brazil, Afghanistan, Madagascar and California. This stone has a hardness of 7.5 to 8.0 on the Mohr scale, making this stone a great choice for Morganite jewelry, and especially Morganite rings.
Though Morganite is found in many fine pink hues or with a hint of orange, any colored Morganite always emanates espirt, charm and tenderness. This is a gemstone that shows up the brighter aspects of life even in the most stressful of times. This is the reason Morganite is used in gemstone therapy for all stress related problems for its relaxing radiations.
Choose your stone based on its color
The color is the most important point to bear in mind when determining the quality of Morganite. And while selecting a stone, select one as large as possible as it is only the stone that, when above a certain size threshold, radiates the true beauty of the color of the stone.
And don’t think that the rule of ‘the more transparent, the more valuable’ applies to Morganite as there are many women who prefer wearing a Morganite with fine inclusions like pure silk.
The Rose of Maine
It was on October 7th, 1989 that one of the largest specimens of Morganite was uncovered. It was found in the Bennet Quarry of Buckfield, Maine, was somewhat orangish in hue and about 23 cm long and 30 cm across. This stone weighed in at just more than 50 pounds, and was called ‘The Rose of Maine’.
However this stone was shattered at the time of leasing the quarry at its discovery, even though the Smithsonian had offered a large amount for the stone. The stone remains were of course cut into smaller gemstones; but its value is nowhere close to the original offer.
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