Published: August 2011
by Shawn O’Sullivan, Sr Gemstone Buyer & Manoj Swami, JTV Vendor
In the past several months, supplies of morganite have rapidly dwindled across the globe. Morganite is a best selling gemstone and luckily a beautiful new hue has been discovered.
Over the past 15 years or so, Madagascar has become a land full of gemological wonders. New finds of fabulous gems are occurring at a shocking rate. The island nation is already well known for its deep pockets of exceptional ruby, sapphire and tourmaline, but it may enter the books as a source for top quality beryl, too. Case in point: dahlia morganite. The name dahlia was chosen because these morganite gems are just as beautiful as the flower and similarly colored.
There was a recent find in Madagascar of some incredibly colored morganite with hues more reminiscent of kunzite than morganite. These highly saturated hues have rarely, if ever, been seen before. Generally all mined morganite rough is pale in color when it’s found and is routinely treated to enhance its delicate colors. When the rough that eventually became these dahlia morganite gems were unveiled they amazed everyone!
The colors of dahlia morganite range from a light to vivid blush pink with a slight hint of purple, rivaling some of the most beautiful kunzites and pink sapphires. Owning a morganite gemstone of this rare hue is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.