Morganite Properties Facts and Photos
Morganite Pink Variety of Beryl
Morganite which is one of the rarest varieties of the mineral beryl was first discovered in Madagascar in 1910. Not long afterwards this pink gemstone was given its name by gemmologist and Tiffany & Co's vice president George Frederick Kunz.
Morganite was named after the American banker J.P. Morgan. As well as being an avid mineral collector he also donated generously to New York's museum of Natural History.
When used as a gemstone morganite is faceted and tends to be used in fine items of jewellery. Its distinctive colour which is caused by impurities of manganese can vary from light to a relatively dark shade of pink.
As well as Madagascar morganite can also be found in Brazil, parts of the USA, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan and Russia.
A relatively hard stone morganite grades 7.5 to 8 on Mohs scale of hardness. It must be protected from excessive heat, large temperature changes and bright sunlight to protect the colour from fading.
When used for its metaphysical properties morganite provides relief and a positive attitude during times of stress. It can also help to bring love into ones life and maintain it as it grows.