The subtle colour of morganite that usually ranges from pink to peach to rose and violet is enough to capture the hearts of all women folks. Pink is the colour of divine love that radiates a unique charm. There is a sense of an unexplained innocence and tenderness in them that warms the heart and assures divine compassion. A favourite amongst the women due to its feminine colour, this gem also goes by the name vorobevite. It is currently enjoying its status as the official gem of Madagascar.
It was initially named ‘pink beryl’ when it was first discovered in Madagascar in the year 1910. Much later chief gemologist, George Kunz of Tiffany and Company fame, named the gemstone to honour his biggest customer and avid gem collector, bank tycoon J. P. Morgan. Morganite is blessed with many qualities like lustre, durability, brilliance and clarity. They are rare and ironically, this makes it relatively affordable. Its availability in a wide range of subtle pink colours makes it a highly sought after gem amongst women. And given its durability they are ideal for everyday use too. They can thereby be worn as pendants, rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, engagement rings, eternity rings and bridal set rings.
AG & Sons have over the years carved out a niche for themselves in the realm of unique gemstone dealers. They are home to an extensive variety of gemstone in all possible shapes and sizes. If you are on the lookout for some of the rare gemstone varieties like morganite, AG & Sons is your one stop destination. While we can help you get loose morganite, we also have them in beautifully designed rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, engagement rings, eternity rings and bridal set rings.
History and Lore of Morganite
Morganite is a gem-quality variety of beryl. And as mentioned, after its discovery it was identified by the name ‘pink beryl’. Hence,the term ‘beryl’ was historically used to refer to what we today know as morganite. The term ‘beryl’ originated in India, from the Sanskrit term ‘veruliyam’. It was a term used for the gemstone chrysoveryl and from there the Greek word ‘beryllos’ originated. Since the prehistoric times, a large variety of beryl was categorised as gemstones.
Reference to beryl was found mentioned in the Bible, in Ezekiel 1:16, where the wheels of the God’s throne were said to be adourned with ‘gleaming beryl’. Colourless beryl was used to make eyeglasses by the ancient Greeks who used its refracting property. According to certain legends beryl was also widely used to protect against demons and evil spirits. It is also known to protect a traveller from dangers while travelling.
Legends also say that beryl was deemed to bring good luck, develop energy, boosts cheerfulness and youthfulness. Morganite encourages the feeling of independence from men and helps them balance their masculine energy. They also aid the wearers suffering from emphysema, heart disorders, spine disorders, lung disorders and asthma. They have special properties to help people suffer from a number of intestinal and stomach problems like ulcers, seasickness, nausea etc.
Beryl was basically always used as a physician’s tool since the ancient times and many of those beliefs are still followed today. Hence, morganite being a form of beryl stands as a beautiful gemstone option for rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, necklaces, engagement rings, eternity rings and bridal set rings.
Formation of Morganite
Morganite as mentioned is a beryllium aluminium silicate, basically a rare pink variety of beryl. Pure beryl is said to be colourless, but owing to its structure, it stands in a position to welcome the inclusion of foreign elements like manganese, chrome, iron, or vanadium. Being a hexagonal crystalline form of beryl, it is formed by trace amounts of manganese. In other words, when manganese enters beryl, what was initially a plain colourless stone turns into a beautiful pink treasure which we know as morganite. The soft pink colour is, thus, due to the presence of manganese. The presence of iron impurities on the other hand gives the stone a yellowish or orange tone.
One can find morganite as a form of granite’s accessory minerals and generally occurs in granite pegmatites and granite. Owing to its hardness it can also sometimes occur in alluvial deposits. They are normally found along with albite, quartz, lepidolite, pink tourmaline, muscovite mica and other minerals which are associated with pegmatite. It is said that the very first morganite discovered was a soft rose-coloured specimen from the US state of California. The specimen was found along with tourmaline. The colour of morganite is what lures us to this beauty which doubles when mounted on beautifully designed rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, engagement rings, eternity rings and bridal set rings.
Source of Morganite
The world’s finest quality morganite comes from Madagascar, where it was first discovered. Some of the rare specimens are sourced from Southeast Brazil and Minas Gerais. They are also deposits found in Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Brazil, Pakistan, Russia, China and USA. Though found in these many places, morganite is rare and because of this rarity, it is also relatively affordable. A connoisseur gem, morganite is widely being used in jewelleries like rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, engagement rings, eternity rings and bridal set rings.
Morganite Color and Properties
The soft colour of morganite is its most beautiful and impressive feature. The colour varies from a subtle pink to pink, peach, salmon, peachy-pink and violet-pink. You will rarely come across a very intense or vivid colour in morganite as the colour is usually pastel or pale coloured. Large size morganite will display a stronger colour. The most sought after morganite are the ones with pure pink hue. The peachy and salmon coloured morganite is slowly becoming more popular than the pure pink ones.
Morganite has a hardness that measure 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. Thus, along with other beryls, it is said to have a very good hardness. Morganite is generally eye- clean and unlike emerald it hardly comes with inclusions. Morganite comes with excellent transparency. Its attractive feature lies in its vitreous lustre that can be discerned when it is polished and cut. In many cases it can be easily distinguished from the other stones by its striking features like lustre and brilliance, great clarity, hardness and durability.
They are largely faceted so that its colour and brilliance can be maximised. They come with indistinct cleavage and in order to minimise the cleavage, cutters must align the stone accordingly. There are some rare specimens which may even exhibit chatoyancy (cat’s eye effect). They are often given the cut en cabochon so that the desirable effect can be attained. For use in jewelries like rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, engagement rings, eternity rings and bridal set rings, morganite are cut into cushions, rounds, ovals, pears, hearts, trillions and even briolettes.
Healing Properties of Morganite
Morganite is said to introduce love in one’s life and is also known to rekindle old love. It is also known to help attain self-control, empathy, patience and compassion. It is believed to balance emotions and soothe a person’s pain of separation. It is also known to be a stone of divine love, blessing the wearer with a successful love and marital life, hence it makes an ideal option for engagement ring, eternity rings and bridal set rings. It helps in releasing the unhealthy emotional patterns, and is known to be a bringer of intense joy and inner strength in the wearer’s life. Pain of an unforgettable past, traumas, unfulfilled emotional desires and even unexpressed emotions can be healed by morganite. In short, morganite cleanses the heart and allows love to flow in.
It also aids in many physical health. It helps people deal with stress, heart problems, stress-related diseases, lung problems and asthma. It is used for the healing of emphysema, breathing difficulties, tuberculosis, throat problems. It is also known to be a great cure for eye diseases. Because of the many attributes it possesses, morganites are still used as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants etc.
The Collection of Morganite at AG & Sons
Renowned for its wide collection of unique gemstones, AG & Sons stands tall amidst all the other jewellery stores. You will find with us all the rare specimens, some which were a far fetched thought. Nothing can beat our exclusive collections and we have made sure that our rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, engagement rings, eternity rings and bridal set rings conform to the latest patterns and designs. We also cater to customisation, so if you have any particular design in mind, you can come to us. We will make sure that every specified detail is well met, and you return as a happy and satisfied customer, with a promise to come back again.