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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Beryl (var. morganite)

Modified square brilliant-cut gray light red purple beryl (var. morganite) weighing 82.83 ct.
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Catalog Number NMNH G5697-00
Locality Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight 82.83 ct

The mineral beryl has many beautiful gem varieties: intense green emerald, blue to blue-green aquamarine, golden yellow heliodor, rare red beryl, and pink morganite. Beryl, in its pure form, is colorless. The rich hues of its gems are caused by a variety of impurity atoms that were incorporated in the crystals as they grew. Morganite, or pink beryl, gets its delicate hue from trace quantities of manganese. Morganite ranges in color from pink or rose to peach to light violet. In 1911, it was named by the renowned gemologist George F. Kunz after his patron, financier J. P. Morgan. Madagascar is famous for its deep pink morganite gems, but many fine stones are found in Brazil, Afghanistan, and California. This fancy cut morganite is from Minas Gerais, Brazil and weighs 82.83ct.


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