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Morganite

Colours

A range of pinks to orange/pink in different pastel shades and saturations.

Where are they mined?

Most commonly today, morganite is mined in Brazil’s Minas Gerais region. Morganite was originally mined in Madagascar, which was revered for its superior magenta-coloured stones, and while it’s only a minor producer of gem quality stones today, morganite from this original deposit still sets the standard for the highest quality material in the world. The United States, Mozambique, Afghanistan, and Namibia also produce a small, inconsistent quantity of morganite.

Qualities to look for

High quality morganite should have no eye-visible inclusions. Top quality Madagascan morganite is a strong pink colour, however most commonly it’s available in lighter, pastel tones, and lighter coloured material is often cut in a deeper shape than other gemstones to intensify the colour as much as possible.

How to wear

Morganite is a fantastic option for all types of jewellery with a hardness of 7.5-8/10. It has great wearability for both everyday and special occasions, with also the perfect durability for bridal pieces.

What makes them special?

Morganite was named after American financier J.P. Morgan, who was one of the the most important gem collectors of the early 20th Century.

Despite being rarer than aquamarine, it is abundantly available within the industry, even in larger sizes, as it hasn’t been as widely promoted to the public, unlike other beryl’s such as aquamarine and emerald.

Morganite crystals can be extremely large, weighing over 10kg, with some cut stones exceeding 100cts.

Morganite in history

The Madagascan morganite deposit was discovered in 1910, setting the standard for all future material.

The Rose of Maine is one of the largest morganite crystals ever found, which was uncovered in 1989 in Buckfield, Maine. It is 23cm long and 30cm across and weighs more than 50 pounds.

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