October 2020 Newsletter: Fabulous Pink Morganites from Madagascar


We have just acquired some fabulous Pink Morganites from Madagascar, the finest we've seen in our many years trading in fine beryls.

Morganite is the rare pink-orange form of beryl, a mineral family that includes well-known gems such as Emerald and Aquamarine. Morganite is a good hard gem (8.0 on the Mohs scale) with a lovely pastel color. It has become a popular gem for special occasion jewelry such as engagement rings.

Morganite was first discovered in Madagascar in 1910 and named in honor of J.P. Morgan (1837-1913), the American banker and philanthropist. Morgan was honored especially for his gift of several major gem collections to museums such as the American Museum of Natural History.

All the members of the beryl family are beryllium aluminum silicates by chemical composition. The different beryl colors are the result of trace elements. Emerald is colored green by chromium and vanadium, while Aquaramine is colored blue by traces of iron. Morganite derives its peach or pink color from manganese, though many specimens contain traces of cesium and lithium as well.

Pink Morganite and Diamond Ring Pink Morganite and Diamond Ring
9.78 ct Pink Morganite Ring with Diamonds in 18k White Gold

Morganite colors range from a peach orange to salmon pink to a pure pink. The color is nearly always a soft pastel and saturated colors are rare. Pink is the rarest and most valuable color in Morganite and a saturated pure pink is very special.
We have recently acquired some exceptional Madagascar material with unusually deep saturation. These are a pure pink that is rarely seen in Morganite. The material is completely clean and precision cut, including some unique fancy shapes and a few matching pairs and suites.
We have only a small number of these special Morganites, so we recommend that collectors take advantage of this opportunity to acquire the very best in fine Morganite.
See our collection of Fine Morganite from Madagascar and Brazil


Notable Gems from the AJS Collection

This month we feature exceptional Beryls from around the world, with Pink Morganites from Madagascar and Santa Maria Aquamarines from Brazil. Click on any gem for details.

9.67 ct Pink Morganite from Madagascar
A truly exceptional Pink Morganite from Madagascar, one of the finest we've ever seen. This outstanding gem displays a saturated pink that is rarely seen in Morganite. This is perfectly clean material fashioned in a precison emerald cut. A wonderful gem for a special piece of jewelry. Guaranteed natural and untreated.

7.86 ct Pink Morganite from Madagascar

A superb Pink Morganite from Madagascar, very rare in this color and quality. This outstanding gem displays a saturated pink that is rarely seen in Morganite. This is perfectly clean material, precision cut in a unique fancy shape. A wonderful gem that will make a stunning pendant. Guaranteed natural and untreated.
14.15 ct Morganite Suite from Madagascar

An amazing suite of Pink Morganites from Madagascar, one of the finest we've seen. Precision cut in a unique fancy shape, these are beautifully matched for a ring or pendant with matching earrings. The matched pair is 9.14 cts, with each gem 16.20 x 11.40 x 6.27 mm. The single stone is 5.01 cts with dimensions of 16.34 x 12.07 x 6.42 mm. Guaranteed natural and untreated.

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3.88 ct Santa Maria Aquamarine Matched Pair from Brazil

3.88 ct Santa Maria Aquamarine Matched Pair from Brazil  [SOLD]

The finest Aquamarines come from the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. They are famed for their unusually deep blue saturation. This elegant matched pair of 13 x 6 mm pears is an excellent example, completely clean and beautifully cut. Guaranteed natural and untreated.

5.42 ct Santa Maria Aquamarine from Brazil

5.42 ct Santa Maria Aquamarine from Brazil  [SOLD]

A gorgeous 5.42 ct Santa Maria Aquamarine oval in a precision portuguese cut for maxiumum brilliance.  Perfectly sized for a stunning ring at about 13 x 10 mm. Completely clean and guaranteed natural and untreated.

7.40 ct Santa Maria Aquamarine Suite from Brazil

7.40 ct Santa Maria Aquamarine Suite from Brazil  [SOLD]

This unique set of 3 pear shapes is special because Aquamarines in these smaller sizes are hardly ever found in this deep color. This is beautifully clean material, perfectly cut, that will make a special set of jewelry for the Aquamarine connoisseur. The matched is pair is 4.36 cts, with each gem 11.11 x 7.95 x 5.29 mm. The larger single gem is 3.04 cts with dimensions of 12.17 x 9.20 x 5.87 mm.


News from AJS and the Gems World

Gem Promotion: 25% Discount on All Gems Under $500

We have thousands of fine gems priced under $500 and this month save an additional 25% on every listed item priced at $500 or less. A great way to get started on new jewelry projects or holiday gifts!

Use this discount code at checkout:  OCT-25

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Low Cost Shipping by Registered Mail Has Resumed

We are now again offering low cost shipping ($11.50) worldwide via Registered Mail. This is a service of the international post, with delivery in about 10-30 days. All shipments are fully insured and can be tracked online, and a signature is required upon delivery.
Please contact us with any shipping questions.


Ask the Gem Experts

Each month we answer questions from our customers. We welcome your questions and you can submit a question from our contact page.


I would like to have a gem set in a ring for a holiday gift. When do I need to make my order so I will have it it in time for Christmas? JC, Canada

We need a minimum of 2 weeks to make a custom ring setting, starting from the time we finalize the design with you. So it would be a good idea to start planning your jewelry project this month. You may find some inspiration by reviewing some of the designs we've made in our Jewelry Gallery.


What is your professional opinion about garnet as a fine gemstone? Is there any investment potential in garnet? WB, USA

Many gemstone buyers associate garnet with the deep red stones that were popular in European jewelry in the 19th century. These inexpensive garnets mainly belong to the almandine and pyrope varieties. Though they have good hardness and brilliance, they tend to have a distinct brownish tone that makes them less attractive than more expensive red gems such as Ruby or Rubellite Tourmaline.

However, there are rare garnet varieties that are much sought after by gem dealers and collectors, and these have appreciated in value over the years. These varieties include the mandarin orange Spessartite Garnet; the green Tsavorite and Demantoid garnets; the purplish red Rhodolite Garnet; the vivid Purple Garnet; the unique Color Change Garnet; and the rare colorless Leuco Garnet.


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All the best in gems,

Ron, May & and Rung