A love Affair with Morganite

Morganite is the new darling of the gemstone world and was discovered in 911 on the island of Madagascar. This peachy pink stone added a new dimension of sophistication to the myriad of exquisite gems mined from African soil. Morganite belongs to the same family of stones as Emerald and aquamarine, thus adding to their precious status, making this gem more than just a pretty decoration. Morganite is relatively rare due to the decline in deposits in Madagascar, leaving only Brazil, Afghanistan, the US and some areas of Africa from which to mine this exquisite gems. The Peach tone in Morganite is the most common naturally occurring hue from the stone – with heat treatment often producing the pink shades. Morganite scores a 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, making it a reasonably hard stone with good toughness. Being a member of the Beryl family  Morganite has a stable crystal structure and wont lose its colour and clarity over time. Morganite is the perfect gem for both cocktail and everyday jewellery because of its crisp light tone and predominant lack of inclusions. It is a gem that is at its best when kept clean to avoid a dull opaque or milky appearance. This beautiful gem is set to remain a firm favourite with jewellery wearers all over the world.

Fluorescence

According to the GIA laboratory fluorescence is the visible light some diamonds emit when they are exposed to invisible ultraviolet rays. On the GIA diamond grading report, fluorescence refers to the strength, or intensity of the diamond reaction to long wave UV, which is an essential component of daylight. Fluorescence is very common, according to GIA over the last decade 25% to 35% of all the diamonds they graded exhibit some degree of fluorescence and only 10% of those shows strengths of fluorescence that may impact appearance. In more than 95% of the diamonds that exhibit fluorescence the colour seen is blue. In rare occasions the reaction colour is yellow, white or another colour. In the studies that GIA has done the majority of the diamonds the strength of the fluorescence has no widely noticeable effect on the appearance. In many instances, observers prefers the appearance of diamonds that have medium to strong fluorescence. According to GIA fluorescence does not compromise the structural integrity of the diamond.

An inclusion is not a flaw

Have you ever shown a coloured gemstone to someone, only to have them look at it and say, “I don’t want that one, it has a flaw in it”. How did we ever get into the position of thinking an inclusion is a flaw. It possibly may be due to our use of the term flawless for a diamond of purest white or colourless tone, without any inclusion visible under a ten-power loop , and with no internal or external marks, cleavage, cutting errors or visible indications which might reduce its value. But if a diamond has an inclusion do we really have the right to call that a flaw or should we see it as natures way to tell us that our diamond is not man made, a sign of authenticity. It is like the birthmark of a stone. We could well agree that a diamond is flawed if it has been so badly cut that it loses its brilliance and fire. But inclusions unless they are so numerous as to destroy the beauty of the stone, are different. Most gemstones, if examined under the microscope, will be found to contain tiny crystals of other minerals, or cavities, or little droplets of the liquid from which the crystal is formed. The nature of the inclusions provides an excellent means to distinguish between natural stones and their synthetic counterparts. If we accept the fact that moderate inclusions do not spoil the beauty of a gemstone and that an inclusions can lower the prices of stones making them more affordable to a bigger portion of the population and thus increasing the potential buyers.