The morganite is a very attractive pink stone and less expensive than diamonds. Read what are the characteristics of the morganite in this tutorial.
The auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s have decreed that at the time the king of precious stones are pink diamonds. But if you like this color, there are also other stones that have this shade. The morganite, for example, has a pink color and is located with different shades, more or less intense.
The name. Few know that the morganite is so named in honor of a banker. It takes its name, in fact, by the American financier and banker lover of gemstones, JP Morgan. It was one of the big bankers of the early twentieth century and still today the bank that he founded is one of the largest and most important in the world. The stone was discovered in Madagascare in 1910 by George Kunz, who proposed to call it morganite at a meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences, to honor his friend and client JP Morgan which had granted its financial support and important donations of gems to the American Museum of natural History in New York and the Museum of natural History in Paris. The collection of JP Morgan (the first letters stand for John Pierpoint) was then used in part by Tiffany, whose Kunz was chief gemologist.
Curiosity. The morganite gets fluoresces and deep red when exposed to X-ray, but fluorescence disappears when it is no longer affected by the rays: it’s a thing to know in case you have a jewel with morganite when you do an x-ray.
Description. The morganite is a variety of beryl, has delicate pink color, more or less intense. The pink beryl owes its color to the presence of minimal traces of manganese, often associated with impurities of cesium and rubidium. The main deposits are in Madagascar and Brazil. The morganite can form large crystals: in Brazil they found crystals up to 10 kilograms.
How is it worth. The morganite is rarer aquamarine, but large stones are easily available on the market. The value is also determined by the quality of the stone, for example, from its transparency. A ring with a good sized morganite can cost around 4000-5000 euro, but the price increases if it is associated with other stones.