Emeralds seem to attract a lot of attention, and so they should. Their rarity, colour and beauty that speak of renewal are only a variety in a very large gemstone species. Being part of the Beryl species pushes the bar really high for any gemstone, as Emeralds and Aquamarines take up all the limelight. However, the Pink to Purplish pink variety popularly known as Morganite is not short of anything other than the word “sensational”. These gems that were named after the famous banker J.P. Morgan, were also on of the gemstone collectors favourites.
|Larger rough in morganite gives the opportunity to cut fancy designer shapes|
|Miner excavating Morganite from a pegmatite|
When it comes to these pink wonders, I always take a second look, forcing myself to almost find something that’s worth blogging about. And then all of a sudden when I least expected it, I found Needles intersecting at a point almost appearing to be a star in a sea of pink. It caught my attention but unfortunately at the time I did not have any way to capture what I saw. I did, however, manage to find an article reviewing an inclusion with uncanny similarity.
|Stellate Zircon inclusion in Morganite, just like the one I saw|
Identifying a Morganite
- Doubling at facet junction – Morganite is a Doubly Refractive stone, which means at each facet junction you will see two parallel lines instead of one, its RI is 1.583 – 1.590
- 2 or 3 Phase inclusions – Morganite, just like all other beryl forms in pegmatitic environments which therefore means the chance of liquids getting stuck in solid inclusions with the presence of gas can be a high possibility, or in any such combination
- Pleochroism – colours from pale pink to Bluish pink.
- Needles – Thin needles oriented in one particular direction
|2 Phase inclusions seen in Morganite|