Morganite is becoming an increasingly popular gemstone within the jewellery market. Morganite is the pink variety of beryl - a type of gemstone naturally comprised of beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate, other well-known beryl gemstone varieties include aquamarine and emerald.
Morganite's beautiful pink hues are a result of the presence of manganese. Morganite is usually a soft pale pink without any overtones, however the colour can range from yellowish salmon-pink, through champagne, to an almost lilac pink. The salmon-toned morganites, pale coral with hints of yellow, tend to be natural and untreated. Morganite often undergoes heat treatment to remove these yellowy tones and intensify its pinkness, this can also occur naturally if the gemstone is under enough heat and pressure. Highly saturated pink morganites are rare, and usually only these larger gemstones will reach the full colour potential of these pink beryl's.
While morganite is not associated with any particular month, it has been closely associated with the Pisces sign of the zodiac.
Much like other gemstones of the beryl variety, morganite’s hardness rates quite highly - 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs hardness scale. Other desirable qualities of this peachy gemstone include its lustre and brilliance, as well as its frequently eye-clean clarity.
Discovered in the early 20th century, morganite was first found in Madagascar, but is now commonly mined in many other countries. The most significant two are Madagascar and Brazil, but morganite can also be found in Afghanistan, China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, Zimbabwe and the United States (California and Maine).