Morganite
 
Although this gemstone has been around since creation, only recently has it been known by the name Morganite for less than a century.  In 1911 A.D., Morganite was named in honor of the banker and mineral collector, John Pierpont Morgan.    Before that, the gemological world simply viewed the 'pink beryl' as a variety of Beryl, not as a gemstone in its own right.
 
Beryls are beryllium aluminium silicates rich in minerals.   Pure Beryl is colorless.    However, due to 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.   It has good hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale making it excellent for jewelry.
 
Early in the twentieth century, Morganite was discovered in California.   A rich gem find of Tourmaline, Kunzite, and other gems outside San Diego started a gem rush in the region.     Morganite was an exciting new discovery, one that drew the attention of the world's most important gem buyer, George Kunz of Tiffany & Co., who gave Morganite its name.
 
Although Morganite is pastel in hue, it has a lushness rare in pink gemstones.   Alongside other gemstones like Emerald and Aquamarine, Morganite is certainly the best known from the colorful group of the Beryls.   Women the world over love Morganite for its fine pink tones which radiate charm, esprit and tenderness.
 
La vie en rose ...
 
Morganite is found in many fine pink hues.    Some are decidedly pink, while others lean toward a lilac or light violet.   Some even have a hint of orange or yellow.    
 
 
When determining the quality of a Morganite, color is the most important criteria.   Intensity of color is influenced by the stone's size; the larger the size, the greater the beauty of its color.    The rule which says 'the more transparent, the more valuable' does not always applies when chosing a Morganite.  There are plenty of women who would consider a Morganite with fine silk inclusions as quite acceptable.   Certainly, the cut really is a decisive factor, for only a high-quality cut will allow the subtle color of the Morganite to shine out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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