Didn’t know that gem: Morganite

Morganite is like the blushing little sister of the aquamarine and emerald superstars of the beryl family. The trace element manganese creeps its way into the crystal structure as this gemstone forms, leaving a signature peachy-pink glow that makes this lesser-known jewel as glamorous as it is delicate. But don’t let its feminine look fool you – this gem comes from tough stock, and a hardness of 8 out of 10 means it is durable and more likely to occur in larger specimens of many carats.

Natural untreated Morganite (GIA.edu)
GIA Morganite

Rose beryl, as morganite is also known, appeared on the jewelry scene barely a hundred years ago when deposits were found in Madagascar. The gem was named in honor of American mogul and collector J. P. Morgan. These days, it is obtained in pockets all over the world, and depending on the color quality, may range from a pale crystalline rosy pink to a deep salmon. Its high clarity makes its entire color array an excellent fashion choice.

Morganite crystal in the rough (GIA.edu)

A particularly vivid example of Morganite at our Singer Estate Sale event:

Faye's Diamond Mine Estate Sale 2012

Wearing & Caring

Morganite isn’t a birthstone proper – but that’s no reason for neglect! It blends exquisitely with any pastel color scheme. One stunning option is a super trendy rose gold setting, like these:


Award-winning ring design from Yael:

Morganite is sturdy enough to be worn in a ring and the color does not fade. It can handle most standard cleaning treatments, but precautions may be taken to prevent exposure to high heat during jewelry repair. Clean it often to let its natural brilliance take the spotlight.

Gemological Institute of America – Definitive Gemstone Guide:

GIA: Morganite