The magic of morganite


As a QVC presenter we get to see hundreds of beautiful gemstones. But once in a blue moon a certain gemstone catches your eye and you fall in love forever.

I was lucky enough to present Gem Day at QVC recently and to be totally spoilt with bringing you two morganite shows. I was just mesmerized by this distinctive and feminine gemstone called morganite.

These gems are sourced from a number of mines in Africa, the most famous (and our source here at QVC) being the Maropino mine, and they have only been at QVC since July 2008 when they proved to be a huge hit!

Morganite is fairly new addition to the gem family, being around 100 years old and previously known as pink beryl. In 1911 Tiffany's George Kunz renamed it morganite after the financier JP Morgan who was a great customer of George's. How cool would it be having a gemstone named after you? Now you've got me thinking…mmm! Don't get me started, but what a thought, huh?

My morganite love is the colour of elegance with its delicate hues of pink and peach. It carries the exotic feel of the Caribbean, where I got married, and is so subtle that it catches a glint in my eye every time I wear it.

I feel special when I wear morganite and knowing I am wearing one of Africa's most prized gemstones, and a favourite of jewellers all over the world, makes me feel like a princess. I'm sooooo jealous that Claire and Catherine will be bringing you two wonderful shows to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of morganite on QVC on Monday 26th July.

Have a great show girls and remember, you can buy me anything you like for my birthday!

What's your favorite gemstone? Any renaming ideas you have would be fun to hear as well (oh, pink has to be in there somewhere…)!

Jill x

Take a look at the QVC jewellery department


  1. Susan July 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    What an interesting blog! And super place to get married…the Caribbean! Love to go there someday. Bet your big day holds wonderful memories. Your hubbie just looks so lovely and together with the pups you make an adorable family! Keep up the fab shows. You’re a delight to watch and looking wonderful.
    Enjoy your weekend. Take care,

  2. Sally – Anne Monaghan July 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jill
    You mentioned should you go on a cruise. Go for it! I’ve been on 4, and they all were brilliant. For a relaxing holiday try a carribean cruise. The ships i’ve been on are not claustrophobic at all. My family is lucky as my brother is a fab travel agent and knowes the best ships and locations for us. The advantage is you see many places and have many wonderful expieriences. You cant go wrong. If you don’t believe me ask John Barrowman, he has just been in the Daily Mail on Sunday writing about how much he loved the cruise he went on. Love and Best Wishes Sally,
    (By the way your dogs are so cute!)

  3. mark August 15, 2010 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    hi Jill, wow you look stunning tonight, you must eat all the right food and excercise regularly. come on spill the beans, let us have all the secrets

  4. Barbara Smith August 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill, you talk about morganite being one of your favourite gemstones, – in that case maybe you would be willing to part with the one you always wear on your wedding finger? Only kidding, I believe it is your engagement ring and must be VERY special to you. The trouble is no matter what show you are presenting I can’t drag my eyes away from it and never see the goods for sale!! It has to be the most beautiful ring I’ve seen in a long while and your husband has great taste to have chosen it, or maybe you shopped together for it. I think you said once that it was mother of pearl but I must have missed that show. I do try my best not to covet it but it is SO hard. Mother of pearl and opal are my favourite stones, I wish there were more real opals on QVC, not doublet or triplet, to add to my collection. You are one lucky lady and I always enjoy your shows ‘cos you never go ‘over the top’ when describing things.
    Best wishes, Barbara.

  5. mandy smith July 23, 2011 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    hi jill can you say what top you had on when you presented the tsv lola rose on 23rd july? i loved it.. thanks

  6. filiz cemal July 31, 2011 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill, may I politely say please do not suggest to people to wear white going to a wedding party as ONLY the BRIDE should wear white. Thanks

  7. M/ Holden August 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Am interested to know which part you played in Darling Buds.
    I love watching the video but cannot place you. Thanks

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