Morganite on Albite
Teofilo Otoni Area, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 5.5 x 3.8 cm
Ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
This is a bizarre specimen from a different part of Brazil than we normally see producing morganite. This area is more known for topaz, and other gems. The crystal has at best a peachy color, not quite pink, but it IS colorful and a true morganite. It is gemmy right through the middle and has a matte-finished, opaque rind around the edge which actuually serves to enhance the visual effect of the startling, see-thru gemminess elsewhere. Above this "rind" is another, thin, gemmy layer of translucecnt to transparent beryl. The net eeffect of this is to create a "phantom" inside! How many "phantom" morganites have you ever seen around?! Myself, none. Literally, I have just not seen another morganite from anywhere like this.If I did not get it from Gene (a beryl specialist for a long time with investments in mining in Brazil!), who got it from a Brazilian dealer 30 years ago, I would swear this was Afghani of a weird color. Biut, it surely is Brazilian!