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Morganite

Morganite is the pale pink to orange variety of beryl. Sharing a crystal system with emerald and aquamarine, morganite is coloured by manganese within its structure. Morganite can form in large crystals, examples in Brazil have been as large as 10kg.

Morganite was formerly known as rose beryl until 1910, when George Kunz discovered a new locality for the gemstone in Madagascar. He proposed the name morganite, after the American banker and collector John Pierpoint Morgan for his gifting of gems to the American Museum of Natural History.

Morganite is pretty, feminine and perfectly suited to jewellery, with an excellent hardness. Deposits of morganite have been found in Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the USA.

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