Morganite, Lepidolite and Quartz

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An approx. 1-1/2" Morganite crystal is sitting on top of another nicely terminated Morganite crystal. The matrix for the Morganite crystals is Lepidolite and Quartz. The primary Morganite crystal is pink and translucent. There is an internal fracture in the Morganite, which creates a rainbow effect within the crystal. A wonderful specimen to add to your collection!


Overall Measurements: ~ 3-1/4" wide x 1-1/4 tall x 2-1/8 deep

Location: Afghanistan

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Morganite is a pink variety of beryl. The pink color comes from the presence of manganese(II), and without it or another impurity, beryl would be clear. Other noteworthy types of beryl include emerald, heliodor, and aquamarine.

The first Morganite crystals were discovered at the turn of the 20th century in Pala, California, and more was subsequently discovered in 1910 off the coast of Madagascar. It was named for mineral-enthusiast and financier J.P. Morgan on the suggestion of famed American mineralogist Frederick Kunz.