One of the loveliest pastel gems, morganite is a light peachy pink beryl, a gem cousin to aquamarine and emerald. Named in 1910 by Tiffany & Co gemologist George Kunz in honor of billionaire J.P. Morgan, morganite has a rich brilliance and beauty. Chatham lab-grown morganite has exceptional color and clarity.MORE ABOUT Morganites >>
Just peachy, the color of morganite is what attracts most collectors to this exotic gem. Its soft pastel blush tone is so flattering against the skin. Its pink champagne color looks especially lovely set in rose gold. This feminine gem is a variety of beryl, the gem family that also includes emerald and aquamarine.
When a large deposit of top quality rosy beryl was found in Madagascar in 1910, Tiffany gemologist George Kunz named it after the financier J.P. Morgan. Morgan was one of the world’s most important gem collectors, buying many of the gems that now form the collection of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (Which, not surprisingly, now include some spectacular morganites.)
Today morganites with the fine pink color of that first Madagascar deposit are very difficult to find, especially in small sizes. Like aquamarine, morganite’s color often is pale and washed out in small sizes. Most morganites need to be over ten carats to have more intense color.