Spring Jewelry - Morganite
By: Dee & Noam ~
Morganite jewelry (with or without diamonds) would be the perfect addition to your jewelry collection, especially for spring. The variety of the soft pink shades will complement spring colors of your wardrobe.
Morganite is the pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, the mineral that includes emerald and aquamarine. Following the discovery in 1910 of morganite in Madagascar, George Kunz proposed the name morganite at a meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences to honor his friend and customer J.P. Morgan for his financial support of the arts and sciences, and his important gifts of gems to to the American Museum of Natural History in NY and to the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Morgan was a very important gem collector in the early 1900s.
Like many gems found in Pegmatites, morganite can form large crystals, so large faceted stones are more common than with many other gemstones. Larger sizes are also more likely to show strong color. Miners in Brazil have found crystals as large as 22lbs. Morganite is cut in many sizes and shapes include unique designer cuts. Most of the morganite on the market comes from pegmatite mines in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia and some in the US. Nowadays, the original Madagascar deposit is a minor producer, but still sets the standards for the superior material.