Morganite is the pale pink to orangey-pink variety of the mineral beryl. The gem's hue is thought to be caused by the trace element magnesium, and its most desired body color is a saturated peach to salmon color. Recently, there have been magenta colored specimens discovered in Madagascar that have intrigued collectors.
Like its cousin aquamarine, morganite grows in large eye-clean crystals and its main source is the pegmatite mine Minas Gerias in Brazil. It is also found in parts of Africa, Afghanistan, and the United States.
Prestigious In Name
Morganite is a newer gemstone having only been discovered circa 1910 from Madagascar. George Kunz, the Vice President of Tiffany & Co. and mineralogist, proposed to name the rosey gem after J.P. Morgan.
Morgan was a huge financial supporter of the natural sciences as well as an avid gem collector. He personally donated several specimens for display to the Museums of Natural History in both New York and Paris.
Morganite is usually eye-clean and faceted. It has found recent popularity through the "millennial pink" movement and is often seen set in rose gold to embolden its rosey hues.
Morganite can be cleaned with a soft brush in warm soapy water or wiped clean with a cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals when wearing this stone or any kind of jewelry.When stored, it should be wrapped to prevent it from scratching softer stones or it being scratched by harder stones like diamond and sapphire.