Morganite: The Dreamy Pink Gem

There are few things I love more than a puffy, pink cloud sunset. Watching the light softly change the hue, glowing golden pink around the edges. I'm drawn into the beauty of the natural pastels and filled with awe.

Morganite evokes the same feelings within me. Morganite is a pinky, peach colored gemstone. Similar to its sister Aquamarine, there’s a lot to love about this gem. 

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  1. Color: Morganite ranges in color from pale pink to peachy salmon. The perfect translucence and pastel hue make this a very feminine stone. Think of a light pink rose bud, vintage pink glassware, bubblegum, and, of course, the sky above the setting sun. Also, because the tone of pink leans into peach rather than magenta, Morganite is a very neutral gem. Similar to a diamond, Morganite isn’t a bold statement color and will be a classic for years to come.
  2. Perfect for engagement: One of the things that makes a diamond desirable for an engagement ring or wedding ring is that it’s a very strong and durable stone, and ranks 10 out of 10 on the Mohs scale. Morganite is part of the beryl family and ranks just below a diamond at 7.5-8. Similar to its green and blue beryl sisters (Emerald & Aquamarine), Morganite is strong and will stand up to decades of everyday wear. 
  3. Few Inclusions: Like Aquamarine, Morganite is generally eye clean, meaning you can get a larger gem with relatively no visible inclusions. Because of the way the mineral forms, this gem can be found in any cut - but I think my favorite is emerald or step-cut hexagon! The way the light reflects is so beautiful, and glints varying shades of pink. 

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Morganite is a relatively new gemstone, first discovered in 1910 by George Kunz, Tiffany & Co.’s chief gemologist. But an interesting fact - Morganite was actually named after JP Morgan, the famed banker and financier who had a lifelong love for mineralogy and gemology. Kunz chose to name it in honor of his colleague, Morgan (likely because he’d already named a light purple gem he discovered in San Diego county after himself - Kunzite). 

Morganite is found worldwide, with primary sources in Brazil, the US, Africa, and parts of the Middle East. One of the largest specimen ever found was 50lbs and discovered in Maine, USA. The Morganite we work with in our designs comes either from estate collections or from one of our ethical gemstone partners. 

Hope you love this gem as much as I do! Below are some designs I've made with this beautiful gem. Contact us here if you'd like to explore custom design.