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Morganite Gemstone

Morganite was first discovered alongside  other   gems,   including   Tourmaline   and Aquamarine, in Pala, California in the early 20th century.  News  spread  quickly  about  this  new and exciting discovery and it became of special  interest to George Frederick Kunz, a well-known and  respected  gemmologist  and  gem  collector from New York. In 1911, Kunz later discovered  the gem in Madagascar and suggested naming this  pink  variety  of  Beryl  “Morganite”,  after his  biggest  customer  and  banker  J.P.  Morgan. Although this gemstone began its life millions of  years ago, it has only been known and recognised in its own right since this time.

Morganite, along with Emerald and Aquamarine, is now one of the most popular gemstones from the colourful Beryl family (the name Beryl is  derived  from  its  chemical  make-up  beryllium  aluminium silicates). Pure Beryl is essentially  colourless;  however,  its  structure  enables  it  to  integrate  foreign  elements  such  as  iron,  manganese, chrome or vanadium. It all sounds  a bit technical, but basically when manganese  is found in Beryl, the colourless gemstone turns  into the enchanting pink treasure, Morganite. 

Its depth of colour determines the quality and  value  of  Morganite.  When  discovered  in  its  rough  form  the  gem  is  a  pale  salmon  colour,  but  when  heated  its  pink  hues  become  more  prominent. Sometimes the gem can be confused  with  Kunzite,  however  Kunzite  is  more  of  a  bluish  pink,  whilst  Morganite  is  more  of  an  orangey, brownish pink. 

The rule which says ‘the more transparent, the  more valuable’ only applies to a certain extent. It  depends on personal preference; there are plenty  of women who prefer a Morganite with small  inclusions, as it gives the appearance of fine silk.

The attributes of this gem are said to enable the  wearer to focus on the joy in life, alleviate stress  and pressure and open the heart chakra, which  is not surprising, as even the mere sight of a  Morganite cannot fail to cheer you up!

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Morganite often looks stunning in Rose Gold.