Pink Beryl / Morganite

History
Morganite was first discovered in California during the early part of the 20th century. The Swiss gemmologist, George Frederick Kunz, chief gemmologist at Tiffany’s, was particularly drawn to this rose-coloured gem, immediately recognising its rarity. It was his suggestion in 1911 that the gem be named in honour of Tiffany’s biggest customer, the famous financier J.P. Morgan, who was also a serious gem and mineral collector. Pink or rose beryl, pink emerald and caesian beryl are other names for this fine member of the beryl family.

 

Colour
The range of colours in which morganite occurs is exceptionally delicate and graceful. There is barely a stone that can compare with the gentle pink rose, lovely peach-blossom or fine cyclamen red in which morganite shines – shades displaying a positive, even tender and peaceful, quality. A member of the beryl family, morganite is also a beryllium aluminium silicate, completely colourless in its purest form.

 

Mining Areas
Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan and California are the principle morganite mining areas.