Marropino Morganite is a beautiful pink gemstone from Mozambique’s Zambezia Province. Exuding feminine charm, Marropino Morganite complements all complexions, displaying an attractive even color and excellent brilliance.
Hardness 7.5 - 8
Refractive Index 1.562 – 1.602
Relative Density 2.71 – 2.90
Enhancement Heat & Irradiated
Related to Aquamarine and Emerald, Marropino Morganite is named for its mine. The highly desirable pinkish peaches of our Marropino Morganite constitute less than 10 percent of total Morganite production, making this beautiful rare gem even rarer.
Unlike Emeralds, Aquamarine and Morganite typically have a high clarity and transparency, making color their most important consideration. Because color is such an important value determinant for Marropino Morganite, skillful lapidaries employ cuts that accentuate color, also finishing the gems’ eye-clean, the highest quality clarity grade for colored gemstones.
Exuding feminine charm, Marropino Morganite complements all complexions, day or night, displaying an attractive even color, good brilliance and excellent scintillation (play of light).
Discovered in Madagascar in 1911, this gem was called Pink Beryl until it was renamed by Tiffany’s famous gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, in honor of his benefactor, the New York banker and philanthropist, John Pierpont Morgan. Morganite is a member of the Beryl mineral family (from the ancient Greek ‘beryllos’, meaning blue-green stone), commonly known as the ‘mother of gemstones’ because of its highly regarded gem varieties. Pure Beryl is colorless and trace amounts of elements are responsible for producing Beryl’s wonderful colors. Morganite’s attractive pink hues are caused by trace amounts of manganese. Apart from Morganite pinks, other Beryl gemstones include, Aquamarine blues, Bixbite reds, Emerald greens, Golden Beryl yellows, Goshenite whites (colorless), and Heliodor greenish-yellows.
Unfortunately, the only limit to Morganite’s popularity is its rarity. Morganite is currently mined in Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria, with Mozambique and Nigeria being the current significant producers, but even their output is very limited.
Marropino Morganite is from the Marropino Mine in the Alto Ligonha District of Mozambique’s Zambezia Province. Opened around 2005, Marropino was placed on care and maintenance in May 2008. With no production from the mine in approximately 12 months, Marropino Morganite is plagued by sporadic output and limited availability, making it a true connoisseurs’ gem. Currently, Marropino Morganite of this quality is virtually unattainable in the open marketplace.
Durability & Care
Marropino Morganite (Mohs’ Hardness: 7.5 – 8) is an excellent choice for everyday jewelry. Always store Marropino Morganite carefully to avoid scuffs and scratches. Clean with gentle soap and lukewarm water, scrubbing behind the gem with a very soft toothbrush as necessary. After cleaning, pat dry with a soft towel or chamois cloth.