MORGANITE

07400

Locality

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

Dimensions (H x W x D)

13.3 x 15 x 6.3 cm

Weight

1.366 kg

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 with good crystal expression and color are exceedingly rare. In fact, many would agree that fine examples of morganite are the hardest of the beryl family to acquire. This is 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. This makes 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.

This is a wonderful example from the premier locale for the species. It is an attractive, blush pink, tabular crystal with distinctly hexagonal form. Translucent, vivid, and positioned face-on, light passes through the crystal beautifully. Its form is further exaggerated by a phantom zone that mirrors the crystal’s shape within. With just a hint of light, the morganite crystal emits a warm glow. Not only does this morganite have good color and form, it all comes in a crystal size that is surprisingly large for its quality. The morganite is anchored by a contrasting matrix of black schorl crystals. Some schorl can also been seen accenting the top of the morganite. Few morganites exhibit this degree of color and form, making this example an excellent example of its kind.

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