MORGANITE, the pink variety of beryl


VARIETY INFORMATION:

  • VARIETY OF: Beryl , Be3 Al2 Si6 O18 .
  • USES: Gemstone.
  • COLOR: various shades of pink.
  • INDEX OF REFRACTION: 1.57 - 1.60
  • BIREFRINGENCE: 0.004 - 0.008
  • HARDNESS: 7.5 - 8
  • CLEAVAGE: one direction, poor.
  • CRYSTAL SYSTEM: hexagonal
  • Pleochroic: weak
  • SPECIMENS

Morganite is the pink variety of beryl, the "mother of gemstones". While there are other pink gemstones (rose quartz and tourmaline come to mind), morganite is the most durable and rarest. It is quite unusual to find morganite jewelry, making those quite valuable.

Other gemstone color varieties that belong to beryl include emerald, heliodor, and aquamarine. Other colors of beryl are simply referred to by their color, such as red beryl.

Morganite is colored by trace amounts of manganese that find their way into the crystal structure. It is named after J.P. Morgan, a famous American industrialist. Morganite is found in China, Brazil, Madagascar, and California, Maine, Connecticut, and North Carolina in the U.S.

This Site Awarded
Available MORGANITE specimens:
MORGANITE specimen MOR-18
$ 36.00 -20% = $ 28.80
Dims: 1.4x0.8x0.7in (3.5x2.1x1.9cm) .... Wt: 0.37oz (10.5g) .... Loc: Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
While small, this morganite specimen is very pretty with excellent crystal form but somewhat pale pink morganite. There are several minerals here (the green is cookeite), all quite nice, but requiring a loupe to examine properly.
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MOR-18
$ 28.80
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