The Gemstone Morganite
Morganite is the pink to purplish-pink variety of Beryl. Beryl is best known for its gem varieties Emerald and Aquamarine, but other gem forms such as Morganite are also used. Morganite was first identified in 1910, and was named the following year by George F. Kunz in honor of financier and banker J.P. (John Pierpont) Morgan. Morgan was an avid collector of gemstones.
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Besides for the extremerly rare Red Beryl
, Morganite is the least common gem form of Beryl. Its color tone is usually light pink, deeper pink stones and those with an orange tinge are more valuable. Large clear crystals of Morganite have been found, which have enabled fairly large flawless
crystals to be cut from them.
Morganite is a minor pink gemstone, being faceted into gemstone cuts as well as polished into cabochon
Treatments & Enhancements
Morganite is sometimes heat treated
to improve its color and remove yellowish tones. Heat treatment for Morganite can be achieved at relatively low temperatures.
The main sources of Morganite are Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the U.S. (California, Maine).
is softer, and Rose Quartz
is usually less transparent as well as being slightly softer. Pink Topaz
is usually a deeper pink color, but otherwise can be difficult to distinguish. Pink Tourmaline
and pink Spinel
are usually darker in color.
Morganite in the Rough Photos