Morganite

Morganite is a pink or peachy pink variant of Beryl. The higher grade pieces are cut, polished, and used as a gemstone.

It is quite a pale pink stone, and I personally think it looks best in Silver or rose Gold jewellery. Morganite is used either as a mineral specimen or a gemstone.

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Appearance

Morganite is a gorgeous pink or salmon pink variety of the gemstone Beryl.

It is typically translucent or transparent, although lower quality pieces are sometimes opaque due to inclusions and cloudiness.


Uses and History

Morganite is used as a gemstone, being a high quality variant of Beryl.

It was named in 1910 after the American banker J. P. Morgan. One of the largest gem Morganite crystals ever discovered was found in Maine, USA – it measures around 30CM across and weighed around 23KG!


Locales

Morganite is found in a few countries worldwide, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Italy, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Russia, and the USA.


Mineralogy

Chemistry
Be3Al2Si6O18 + Mn
Colours and Variations
Pink, salmon pink, peachy pink
Streak
Colourless
Luster
Vitreous
Fracture
Conchoidal to uneven
Crystal habit
Prismatic and tabular crystals. Granular massive, compact massive.
Mohs hardness
7.5 – 8.0
Specific Gravity
2.71 – 2.90
Easiest testing method
Common Treatments
Heat treatedment will remove the ‘yellow’ from peach Beryl, to produce a pinker stone. Irradiation is sometimes used to improve colour, too.

Photos of Morganite (Pink Beryl)

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Hazards and Warnings

 

Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.


Translations

Arabic:

  • مورغانيتي

Hindi:

Portuguese:

  • morganita

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Russian:

  • морганита

French:

Japanese:

  • モルガナイト

Spanish:

  • Morganita

German:

  • Morganit

Korean:

Thai:

Gujurati:

  • મોર્ગેનાઇટ

Mandarin and Traditional Chinese:

  • 红绿宝石
  • 摩根石

Urdu:

  • مورگانائٹ

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