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Morganite

The Gemstone Morganite




Morganite is the pink to purplish-pink variety of Beryl. Beryl is best known for its gem varieties Emerald and Aquamarine, but other gem forms such as Morganite are also used. Morganite was first identified in 1910, and was named the following year by George F. Kunz in honor of financier and banker J.P. (John Pierpont) Morgan. Morgan was an avid collector of gemstones.
Chemical Formula Be3Al2SiO6
Color Pink, Purple
Hardness 7.5 - 8
Crystal System Hexagonal
Refractive Index 1.57 - 1.58
SG 2.6 - 2.8
Transparency Transparent to translucent
Double Refraction .006
Luster Vitreous
Cleavage 3,1 - basal
Mineral Class Beryl


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ALL ABOUT
Besides for the extremerly rare Red Beryl, Morganite is the least common gem form of Beryl. Its color tone is usually light pink, deeper pink stones and those with an orange tinge are more valuable. Large clear crystals of Morganite have been found, which have enabled fairly large flawless crystals to be cut from them.


USES
Morganite is a minor pink gemstone, being faceted into gemstone cuts as well as polished into cabochons.

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Morganite TREATMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS
Morganite is sometimes heat treated to improve its color and remove yellowish tones. Heat treatment for Morganite can be achieved at relatively low temperatures.

Morganite SOURCES
The main sources of Morganite are Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the U.S. (California, Maine).


SIMILAR GEMSTONES
Kunzite is softer, and Rose Quartz is usually less transparent as well as being slightly softer. Pink Topaz is usually a deeper pink color, but otherwise can be difficult to distinguish. Pink Tourmaline and pink Spinel are usually darker in color.


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