Morganite is a type of beryl best known for its delicate shades of pink to peachy-pink. It's often heat treated to enhance the colour.
It was named after American banker and mineral collector J.P. Morgan.
Morganite was discovered in Madagascar in 1910. It was named by George Frederick Kunz, Vice President of Tiffany & Co.
The mineral kunzite was named after him in 1903.
Morganite can exhibit strong pleochroism which means different shades of colour can be seen when the stone is viewed from different angles.
Large gemstones are relatively common which is unusual for a mineral as rare as morganite.