FUN FACTS ABOUT MORGANITE

 

Morganite is a popular choice in jewelry and can add a touch of elegant sparkle to any outfit. If you're interested in learning more about Morganite, keep reading for our list of fascinating facts.

 

  1. Morganite is a member of the beryl mineral family, like emerald and aquamarine. However, unlike Emeralds, which have a high amount of inclusions, morganite gemstones are free of inclusions, making them more eye-catching and easier to maintain.
  2. Morganite stones are rarer than aquamarines.
  3. The gemstone is prized for its pink to orange-pink hue, which is due to trace amounts of manganese. A morganite's color is the most significant aspect in assessing value, just like other colored gems.
  4. The most valuable morganite gems are those with a strong pick to magenta color.
  5. Morganite stones sometimes undergo heat treatment to eliminate the less valuable yellow and orange tints and undertones from pink stones – these color treatments do not affect the strength or durability of Morganite jewels, nor do they have much bearing on the value of the stone itself.
  6. The Morganite gemstone is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, so it is durable, but not as durable as a diamond, ruby or sapphire.
  7. Morganite was named after American financier J.P. Morgan, who was an avid gem collector. George Kunz, Tiffany and Company's chief gemologist, suggested that morganite be named after his friend J.P. Morgan as a way to thank him for his financial generosity to the arts and sciences.
  8. On October 7th, 1989, one of the largest specimens of Morganite was discovered in Buckfield, Maine. This gem measured 30cm wide and featured a pinkish-orange color. The 50-pound morganite was eventually divided into smaller pieces with the larger portion becoming known as "The Rose of Maine," which is now housed at Harvard's mineral museum.
  9. Most Morganite is found in Brazil's pegmatite mines. Other notable locations for this gemstone include Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia and the United States.
  10. It is possible to mistake Morganite as being Kunzite, but the distinction can be found in the fact that Kunzite has a bluish tint, hidden in the pink; Morganite has a brownish tint, which can border on orange.
  11. Morganite gems promote optimism, confidence and creativity. They also relieves tension and anxiety while enhancing patience, productivity, and communication capabilities.