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    MORGANITE

    Very Fine Gemstone: Morganite - 360.81 Ct.
    Anjanabonoina Pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

    If J. P. Morgan were still alive, it is quite likely that he would not be able to resist acquiring this fine and large example of his namesake gem: Morganite. George Kunz, of Tiffany and Company, bestowed the gem name on this pink variety of Beryl, after Morgan showered money on both the American Museum of Natural History of New York and the Natural History Museum of Paris. Those among the audience old enough to remember such things, will resonate with the idea that this fancy cut cushion gemstone is large enough, at 360 carats, to be a gear-shift knob on an MG or even ... a Morgan; both sporting cars that required extensive use of their gear shifters. The rough was found in an obscure location in Madagascar, with the unforgettable name of Anjanabonoina, in 1982. It then went to Missoula, Montana, where master cutter Elvis "Buzz" Gray expertly fashioned the rough into the shining artwork that it is today. Light purplish-pink in color, this massive gem shows brilliant scintillation, excellent polish, and eye clean clarity. It is accompanied by AGL Cert # CS 65950 attesting to its identity and characteristics.
    Measurements: 45.37 x 35.81 x 31.00 mm, 360.81 cts.
    Offered at no reserve.

    Provenance:
    Rainbow of Africa Collection
    Accompanied by AGL Certificate # CS 65950


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