The rare and lovely morganite features a dazzling brilliance and soft colors that range from clear pink to warm peach.
Soon after its discovery in early twentieth century California, morganite captured the attention of the era’s most important gem buyer: George Kunz of Tiffany & Co. Kunz reportedly purchased as much morganite as possible, and named the gem after his biggest customer—millionaire bank tycoon and avid gem collector J.P. Morgan.
Today, morganite is mined from deposits in Madagascar, Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, and Russia.
Unlike most gemstones, morganite’s rarity actually contributes to its affordability. Because it isn’t available in the quantities required for manufactured jewelry, morganite remains a gem for connoisseurs who value its soft shades and brilliance.
SELECTING A STONE
Morganite possesses a lushness that is rare in pink gems, and its brilliance makes it a striking addition to black, gray, earth tones, and navy. Like many other pink gems, morganite looks beautiful set in white gold. Its warm color also looks stunning in yellow gold, blending with blue, celadon, peach, yellow, lilac and other rich pastels.
With a hardness of 7.5, morganite is a durable gem that is well-suited for everyday wear. For safe cleaning, use a solution of warm water and mild dish soap, scrubbing with a soft brush to remove dirt and dust. As with all fine jewelry, morganite should be removed before sleeping.