Morganite Properties, Meaning, Facts and Photos
What is Morganite?
Morganite is a pink variety of the mineral beryl.
Discovered in Madagascar in 1910, it was named soon afterwards by gemmologist and Tiffany & Co's vice president George Frederick Kunz.
This variety of beryl was named in honour of American banker J.P. Morgan. As well as being an avid mineral collector he also donated generously to the New York museum of Natural History.
Morganite which is mostly faceted is often used in fine jewellery.
The stone's natural colour varies from yellowish-orange to peachy-orange to a peachy shade of pink. It can also be light violet.
The colour is usually very subtle. Many stones are heat treated which increases saturation. Depending on the treatment used the colour can also be enhanced to produce a richer or deeper shade of pink.
"Peach morganite" is a trade name used to describe stones that are more peach-coloured than pink. Ironically this is often the stone's natural colour.
By definition morganite is pink beryl even though the colour may not be particularly pink.
It's likely to have been labelled "pink" beryl after the stone was heated.
The American Jeweller Tiffany & Co would have been selling morganite as a gemstone, not as a rough mineral. It therefore would almost certainly have been heat treated to make the colour more desirable.
Impurities of manganese in morganite are largely responsible for the shade and depth of colour.
As well as Madagascar, it can also be found in Brazil, parts of the USA, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan and Russia.
On mohs scale of hardness morganite grades 7.5 to 8.
Although quite a hard mineral it's also brittle. Gemstone hardness should not be confused with toughness.
Morganite must be protected from excessive heat, large temperature changes and bright sunlight.
Morganite Healing Properties
Morganite resonates with the energy of divine love. It promotes feelings of unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness towards yourself and others.
As with most pink stones it aligns with the heart chakra, allowing you to give and receive love more freely.
It assists in resolving conflicts, promotes understanding and strengthens emotional bonds.
Morganite encourages you to embrace your true self and cultivates self-esteem. It can empower you to tap into your inner strength in order to boost confidence and overcome doubt.
Holding or focusing on a morganite stone during meditation can help create a sense of calm and relaxation. Its soothing energy can assist in quieting the mind, reducing anxiety and promoting a peaceful state.
As you delve deeper into meditation or mindfulness, morganite can encourage you to explore the root cause of your fears and anxieties. Its gentle energy can assist in bringing these emotions to the surface, allowing you to acknowledge and process them with compassion and understanding.
Morganite is a stone of joy, positivity and emotional well-being. It can be used as an anchor to remind you that happiness and laughter is an important part of a healthy life.
The morganite in the picture at the top of our article is on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. It's an enhanced cushion cut gemstone from Brazil that weighs 448.64 carats.
The morganite in our second photo is courtesy of Steve (Singingstone48). The image is clickable and redirects to the original photo.