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Beryl var: Morganite

Posted by Harjo Neutkens  
Harjo Neutkens April 27, 2011 02:35PM
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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?


A variety of Beryl Be3Al2Si6O18


Morganite with Quartz on Cleavelandite, 19,2cm. Laghman Provonce, Afghanistan
Morganite with Quartz on Cleavelandite, 19,2cm. Laghman Provonce, Afghanistan
Morganite with Quartz on Cleavelandite, 19,2cm. Laghman Provonce, Afghanistan


MorganiteAfghanistanKonar Province, Chapa Dara District, Dara-i-Perch

Specimen 11,9cm
Morganite 5,1cm
Specimen 11,9cm
Morganite 5,1cm
Specimen 11,9cm
Morganite 5,1cm

Be-Nb-Ta-Li-rich pegmatites, hosted in a variety of lithologies. There are two types of pegmatites found within the ore field: (1) large albitized microcline pegmatites with beryl, and (2) spodumene-albite pegmatites with complex Li-Be mineralization.

Pech, Peech and Dara-i-Pech (also spelled Darra-i-Pech, Darrah Pech, and sometimes Page) are the same place. "Dara" means "valley", so in English the location name is "Pech Valley". Likewise, specimens labelled as coming from Dara-i-Pech do not necessarily come from this pegmatite field, but may originate from any place in the Pech valley. This area icludes Chapa Dara, Dara-i-Pech, Wata Pur and Asadabad Districts in Konar Province, as well as Wama District in Nuristan Province.
Further note that many Afghanis will still use the name "Nuristan" in a traditional sense, to mean all of northeastern Afghanistan. This traditional meaning of the place name "Nuristan" is not to be confused with the current Nuristan Province, which covers only a portion of "Nuristan" in the traditional sense. Moreover, there also exists a Nuristan District, which covers a minor part of southern Nuristan Province.

MorganiteAfghanistanLaghman Province

Specimen 8cm
Morganite 8cm
Specimen 8cm
Morganite 8cm
Specimen 8cm
Morganite 8cm

Nuristan province sensu stricto ( became officially recognised in 2001 (wikipedia) or 2004 (, but was already known for 10 years. It was formed from the northern parts of Laghman Province and Konar (Kunar) Province.
The capital of the Nuristan Province is Nuristan.
Note, however, that "Nuristan" is also the traditional name for the region that encompasses these three current provinces (i.e., NE Afghanistan) and the name is still often used in that fashion.

Known for very nice pink Morganites with centres of blue Aquamarine.

Work in progress

Edited 17 time(s). Last edit at 12/20/2015 04:18PM by Olav Revheim.
Cliff Vermont April 01, 2014 12:28AM


Specimen has been trimmed with the following results:
12.7 cm Wide, 12.1 cm Deep, 16.5 cm Tall (MORGANITE CRYSTAL- 6.35 cm Wide, 3.18 cm Deep, 7.62 cm Tall)
open | download - MORGANITE(Laghman, Afghanistan 1A).jpg (57.7 KB)
Cliff Vermont April 01, 2014 12:37AM

8.26 cm Wide,6.35 cm Deep, 8.9 cm Tall (MORGANITE CRYSTAL- 3.18 cm Wide, 4.45 cm Deep, 3.81 cm Tall)
open | download - MORGANITE(White Queen Mine, USA 1A).jpg (378.8 KB)
Harjo Neutkens April 01, 2014 12:38AM
Could you replace the old photo with this one? That way it'll automatically turn up right in the article.


Cliff Vermont April 01, 2014 01:44AM
Hi Harjo,

I do not know how to go about making the replacement? This is the first time I am using Mindat.

Best Regards,
David Sheumack April 01, 2014 06:01AM
Hello Harjo, This may no be the most gemmy morganite but it comes from an uncommon locale, i.e. Western Australia. It came to me via an old Western Australian rubellite tourmaline miner (part owner of the Forrestania Rubellite pegmatite). He had traded some tourmalines with another famous old miner for a chunk of pegmatite material he dug in Spargoville some years earlier This piece had large morganite poking out. I managed to purchase it and after performing some serious but careful matrix removal, the final specimen appeared. All the pegmatite materials are still present with the morganite in the specimen, i.e. elbaite tourmaline, feldspar, quartz and lepidolite.
open | download - Morganite comp.jpg (366.7 KB)
Harjo Neutkens April 01, 2014 08:24AM
Thanks David and Cliff.
I'm definitely going to use your photos!
Cliff, could you add your photos to the database? I can only use them that way because the photos in the articles are linked from the database.
It's very easy, you log in and then click on the add/edit data button in the top menu (the blue buttons next to the Mindat logo) Then a menu opens where you click on "add a new photo" (the top button of the left column) A page opens where you click on "select a file" , you choose the file you want to open and then click the "upload" button.
Then you fill in all the information: locality (click the "check" button after you filled in the locality string to find it on Mindat), for a new photo you can skip the MinID (specimen identification number) because Mindat will automatically allocate a number to the specimen (but when you upload a specimen that already has a photo on Mindat you'll have to fill in the MinID number of that specimen in the box), type of photo (in this case "mineral photo"), add the minerals that are on the specimen, check the collection/self collected boxes, select type of photo (in this case "mineral photo, full view", add dimensions of the specimen, write a description of the specimen in the large field, add a copyright notice and finally click on "submit photo and information"

For the trimmed specimen you'll have to add the photograph anew, like explained above. It's not possible to change the photo from another user (in this case Kevin Ward's photo) Only difference in this case is that you have to fill in the MinID of Kevin's specimen in the MinID box.

I hope it works.


Peter Lyckberg November 28, 2014 05:08PM
Much to add on especially Afghanistan and also Pakistan here as well as Urals, California, Maine
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