Morganite is a lesser-known gem but is actually a variety of the mineral species Beryl – which also includes emerald and aquamarine. It’s named after J. P. Morgan – the financier – who was an avid gem collector and made many contributions to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Morganite is known for its subtle (vivid colours are available however) pink to orange-pink hues and is often seen with very few inclusions so it has a “clean”, even appearance that looks beautiful when set into white precious-metal or rose-gold. The trace element manganese causes the colour seen in Morganite. It’s mined in Afghanistan, East Africa, and large specimens are found in Brazil but historically Madagascar has been known to produce the finest colours. That said fine colours are found in all the aforementioned locations.
Large specimens of Morganite are not uncommon, so carat-weight – unlike many other gem varieties – has less an influence than colour. Strong colour (high saturation) often has a significant impact on price.
Morganite is not as actively marketed as many other gems which is a shame as it has wonderful properties and is a little different – something to set tongues wagging. Finecraft has a selection of Morganite stones. If you have any questions about these or wish to have a look, please feel free to stop by and be captivated by this truly underappreciated gem.