Saturday, 4 November 2017

Morganite

Morganite, also known as 'pink beryl', 'rose beryl', 'pink emerald', and 'cesian beryl', is a rare light pink to rose-colored gem-quality variety of beryl. Orange/yellow varieties of morganite can also be found.

Pink beryl was first discovered on an island on the coast of Madagascar in 1910. In December 1910, the New York Academy of Sciences named the pink variety of beryl "morganite" after financier J. P. Morgan.
Morganite’s color range includes pink, rose, peach, and salmon. In today’s market, the pink and rose tints are more fashionable. The gem is almost always heat-treated to improve the pink color. The treatment is not detectable. Heat leaves a purer and more attractive pink. The resulting color is stable and won’t fade.

Like aquamarine, another beryl variety, faceted morganite usually does not have inclusions that are visible to the eye. Less-transparent material is often carved or cut as cabochons. Morganite crystals can be very large, so large faceted stones are more common than with many other gemstones.