Morganite is the pink variety of the beryl mineral. The gem was first discovered in 1910 in Madagascar. The Morganite gemstone was named after the financier and banker John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, who was a very passionate gem collector. This captivating pink gem is the cousin of Emerald and Aquamarine as they are all part of the beryl mineral family.
There are Morganite mines located in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Madagascar, Brazil, and the U.S.A. Even though the country of origin of the gem Madagascar is only a minor producer today, some top quality magnets are still mined there. One of the largest morganites ever unearthed was mined in Maine in 1989. The aforementioned gem was over 20kgs and had a diameter of 30cms, and currently, it is displayed in the Harvard Mineral Museum. Nowadays, a large portion of the world’s morganites come from Brazil.
Morganite has a hardness rating of 7.5 - 8 on the Mohs scale, which makes it a durable enough gemstone to be used in rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. However, the wearer should be careful and take precautions so that it does not get scratched or damaged. The wearer should not keep the gemstone under direct sunlight and should be careful not to knock it against hard surfaces.
Morganites display a pink to orange-pink color. The manganese content of the gem gives Morganite its mesmerizing color. Morganites may be heat treated to increase their color depth. This heat treatment process also removes the yellow hints of the gem. The heat treatment process takes place at lower temperatures.