Morganite | Properties Facts and Photos
Morganite which is one of the rarest varieties of the mineral beryl was first discovered in Madagascar in 1910. Not long afterwards this pink coloured gemstone was given its name by gemmologist and Tiffany & Co's vice president George Frederick Kunz. Morganite was named after the banker J.P. Morgan who as well as being an avid collector of fine minerals also made considerable donations to New York's museum of Natural History.
When used as a gemstone morganite is faceted and tends to be used in very 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. Although a relatively hard stone which grades 7½ 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.
In crystal healing morganite is said to provide relief and a positive attitude during times of stress and can also help bring love into ones life and help maintain it as it grows.