Urucum Mine, Galiléia, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dimensions (H x W x D)

12 x 14 x 10 cm


1571 g

Description & Provenance

Many know morganite as the rosy-hued sister of emeralds and aquamarines. As the pink variation of beryl, it is often cut and polished to create lavish, lustrous gemstones for jewelry and art. In nature, fine-caliber morganite specimens are exceedingly rare, and the rarest of the beryl family to acquire. This is not only due to a lack of material recovered worldwide, but because so few specimens of actual fine caliber exist. Colors often vary greatly from a pale peach to a blush pink tone, with the richer colors being the scarcest, and most coveted. Furthermore, almost all gem-quality morganite specimens have undergone corrosion to some degree, making the combination of a defined geometric form, luster, translucency, and rich color highly unusual. Often, concessions are made for at least one, if not multiple qualities.

Examples such as this one with stunning quality, rich color, and exceptional aesthetics are the envy of collectors worldwide. From the premier locale for the species, this extraordinary example exemplifies all of the most desirable attributes of morganite including: a deeply saturated pink hue, a distinctly terminated form, great luster, and all at an astounding size. The vitreous crystal is ideally positioned, face-on and upright, allowing for admiration of its distinct, hexagonal shape. Its form is even further exaggerated by the phantom zone that is perfectly encapsulated within. Translucent, vitreous, and richly-hued with its distinctly pink tone, the morganite gives off a lovely, ethereal glow with just a hint of light. The crystal is anchored by a matrix (host rock) of contrasting white albite and lustrous black tourmaline. Breathtaking and geologically intriguing, it is a superb example of its kind.

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