At the very beginning of the 20th century, in 1911, a pink stone was discovered in Madagascar. This find made all the gemologists doubt since it did not resemble any other, an analysis will determine that it is a beryl, it will be then at first called pink beryl.
Morganite is a mineral of the beryl family, like emerald, aquamarine and heliodore.
George Frederick Kunz, a great gemologist of the early 20th century, identified this stone in 1910 and named it after his friend John Pierpont Morgan, a banker and great American collector.
The main deposits are in Brazil and Madagascar. They are also found in Mozambique, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and the United States.
The main colors of a morganite are pale pink, a little stronger pink up to a peach color. The colors of this stone are very influenced by the place of extraction. Thus the stones extracted from Nigeria have a bright pink as opposed to the more pastel stones from Madagascar.
Morganite is composed of silicate of beryl-aluminium AI2Be (Si6O18). The presence of manganese gives it its pinkish color.
Like other beryls, morgnaite is rated 7.5 out of 10 on the Mohs scale.
Some morganites are treated by irradiation, which allows to modify the color, to make it more intense. This technique is not accepted by Maison Alchimie Paris, we reject and do not propose stones having undergone this type of treatment. If, on the other hand, the natural color of the stone is yellow, a heat treatment will delicately pinken it. However, many morganites have a beautiful, naturally pink color and do not require any treatment.
This stone is not associated with any month of the year but it can be given to celebrate the 9th wedding anniversary.
The beauty and size of some morganites have earned them a place in major museums. In London at the British Museum a morganite of 600 carats cut is 120 g is exposed, it is the largest morganite cut to date. The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC exhibits two morganites of 250 carats and 236 carats!
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