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Zambezia Morganite is the name we use for Morganite from Mozambique that shows is distinct and exceedingly rare peachy colour that is warm, soft and inviting. It applies to those gems with a more salmon pink hue – more serene and delicate - than those from elsewhere in the world with a more vibrant, sharp pink hue.
Morganite gemstones from the Alto Ligonha (pronounced Ligg-own-yah) District of Mozambique, in particular the Marropino Mine in the Zambezia province, are some of the most beautiful the world has ever seen. In a country rich in gemstones, from Paraiba to Ruby, from Garnet to Sapphire, the quality of its Morganite should not really surprise us. For some reason the quality of gems discovered in the three countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique (the Treasure Trio - all of which are in the same gemological belt) always seem to be incredibly vibrant.
We named the gem for the location, Zambezia, which is the province that several of the mines are all located in. Its hue is normally a peachy pink colour that sits somewhere between the rosy pinks we find in Madagascar Morganite and the warmer, more peachy hues of Brazil.
Historically, the Alto Ligonha District, where we source this gem, covers a fairly large area. There are very few notable gem deposits in the immediate vicinity of Alto Ligonha town, but the wider region is noted for holding many world-class gem-bearing pegmatites in its soils. Importantly for the history our Zambezia Morganite, there are several very important Emerald mines in this area.
Emerald of course is arguably the most famous member of the Beryl family and over the millennia a large percentage of the Beryl to be found in Zambezia has been infused with chromium and turned slowly into the beautiful Emeralds that are sourced from Mozambique. With Zambezia Morganite, however, mother nature had different plans. Manganese made its way into the mix and instead turned this Beryl a delicate, delightful peachy hue.
In fact, it’s the hue of this gem that makes it very special indeed. It displays a wonderful peachy colour, that’s both warm and inviting. Other sources show a sharper, more vibrant but also colder hue of pink. Zambezia Morganite can show a little bit of dichroism in some of the larger pieces, meaning the lapidarist has to cut the gem just right to ensure the maximum impact of warm pinks on viewing each piece. As our lapidarists are always trained to a very high level and will always cut out stones to maximise beauty and not carat weight, you can be sure that your piece will feature the warm, inviting tones that make this gemstone so special.
Zambezia Morganite really is all about the hue. Steve got the chance a few years back to see this gemstone rough being extracted from the ground and then immediately inspected the rough pieces in the lab next door to the mine in Marropino. Whilst viewing the pieces, he couldn’t think of any other gemstone with such an “attractive, warm and inviting hue”.
If you’re looking for Morganite and want to get hold of the best you can, nothing beats Mozambique as a source. We’ve been there, seen it come out of the ground and can entirely recommend adding this luxurious, distinctive pink gemstone to your jewellery collection.
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