Morganite didn't always have a special name. For many years, morganite was known simply as pink beryl. It was George Frederick Kunz, Tiffany's celebrated gemologist, who renamed this unique gemstone. By selecting this name, he paid tribute to New York banker John Pierpont Morgan who was also a great admirer and collector of gemstones.

Morganite is valued first and primarily on the intensity and saturation of its color, followed by size and clarity. Morganite is pastel or pale in color by nature, so strong, intense hues are extremely rare. Its beautiful, rosy hues are best seen in larger stones. Cut is crucial to presenting its best color.