Alongside Emerald and Aquamarine, Morganite is certainly the best known gemstone from the colorful family of Beryl. Women the world over, love Morganite for its fine pink and peach tones which radiate charm and tenderness.
Gemstones change their name too
Although this gemstone came into being millions of years ago, it has only been known by the name of Morganite for less than a hundred years. Before 1911, the gemological world simply viewed the ‘Pink Beryl’ as a variety of Beryl, not as a gemstone in its own right. And so it was that in 1911, on the suggestion of the New York gemologist G. F. Kunz, the pink variety of Beryl was ennobled to the status of a gemstone in its own right. In honor of the banker and mineral collector John Pierpont Morgan, it was given the name under which it is known today: Morganite.
Beryl’s are beryllium aluminum silicates rich in minerals. Pure Beryl is colorless. However, on account of its structure, it is in a position to intercalate foreign elements such as iron, manganese, chrome or vanadium. If manganese is intercalated in Beryl, the rather plain, colorless gemstone turns into an enchanting pink treasure Morganite. Today, this gemstone mainly comes from deposits in Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan and California. Its good hardness of 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale is the reason for its excellent wearing qualities.
There are Morganites in many fine pink hues. Some are decidedly pink, whilst others tend more to lilac or light violet. Or there may be a hint of orange. When all’s said and done, Mother Nature has provided the right gemstone color for each type and each skin color. The color of Morganite always emanates charm, esprit and a touch of tenderness. This gemstone has a wonderful gift: even in stressful times, it shows up the brighter aspects of life. Try it out yourself and you’ll see: the sight of a Morganite will put you in a good mood. A person who chooses this gemstone opts for ‘la vie en rose’ even in the greyness of everyday life. So it’s easy to see why Morganite is typically used in gemstone therapy for stress-related problems, radiating as it does a pleasant feeling of relaxation and calm.
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