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In another century far away on the island nation of Madagascar, the delicately tinted pink beryl was first discovered. Beryl is produced in a bouquet of fanciful hues but this ethereal tint warranted a special name.
George Frederick Kunz, called the father of modern gemology bequeathed this charmer with the moniker of Morganite–in a nod to his friend, American financier John Pierpont Morgan, himself a world classmineral collector.
Comparatively rare, this beryl variety appears in a range of pink to rose shades, sometimes with a bit of a brownish peach back color as seen in this magnificent Christian Dior Morganite, pink sapphire and diamond ring auctioned through Christies Hong Kong in 2009. Pre-auction estimates for this beauty ranged between $10,000 to $15,000US but the savvy bidders said more. Gavel came down on almost $68,000 US.