If you've not already seen it, then be sure to check out Today's Special Value – a dazzling cushion-cut morganite ring.
The gemstone has come all the way from the Marropino mine in Mozambique, which is famed for producing stones with a warm, delicate peachy-pink colouring. And our gem expert, Professor Karfunkel, will be on hand to tell more about these incredible stones.
Since February 1976, Joachim Karfunkel has been the Professor of Geology and Gemology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Having spent years carrying out research into gemstone identification and origins, the Professor has also held the role of Senior Researcher at the Brazilian Research Society in Brazil.
This distinguished and much published gemologist is an absolute expert in his field and QVC are delighted to have him as a guest presenter to share his knowledge and passion for gemstones with us and you.
We caught up with him before his shows to find out a little more about his latest quest for this desirable gem…
May 13th 2010 – my latest field research trip to a morganite mine was very exciting. Together with Professor Quemeneur from Paris and six geology students, we reached the huge entrance leading to narrow tunnels that are only as high as a person.
'Look at your feet and at the top of the tunnel at the same time, so you don't hit your head', warned the miner who guided us.
Although very dim in the weak light of the oil lamps, we were looking at the most colourful walls – white feldspar and quartz, black tourmaline and, in small pockets, all the rainbow colours of kunzite, aquamarine… and morganite.
The fascinated students took photographs and we collected specimens for analysing at the university to find out more about the conditions the gems formed under.
The three days of adventure in the mine had been extremely fruitful and enchanting, particularly the exchange of our scientific knowledge with the practical experience of the miners.
Professor J. Karfunkel.
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