Morganite is a gorgeous, peachy-pink gem from the beryl family. A rather rare stone, its ladylike hues make it a popular centrepiece for classic jewellery styles and stunning, subtle jewel collections.
Getting to Know Morganite
Emeralds and aquamarines are also from the beryl family and are more well-known than morganite. The rarity of Morganite is a strength as well as a weakness. Because this gorgeous gem is so rare and so hard to source in the requisite size and shape, it’s not often seen in standardised jewellery.
Morganite was originally found in California in the early 20th century and, since then, has also been mined in Madagascar, Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan and Russia. All of the deposits tend to be rather small, however. It was at first known simply as ‘pink beryl’ but was renamed after American banker and collector J. Pierpont Morgan in 1911.
The gem comes in a range of shades of pink, including pale salmon, rosy pink, peach and violet. Its colour improves depending on its size but can be enhanced with the help of heat treatments. After an exposure to high heat, no other treatment is usually needed as the stone tends to be a stable one. It can be kept clean with nothing more than a little soapy water and a cloth.
Custom Jewellery in Brisbane
If you’d like a lovely piece of custom jewellery to showcase your morganite, visit Clayfield Jewellery in Brisbane. Call (07) 3266 9555 or pop into the store today.