Morganite has a relatively brief history, but with modern society's fondness for pink, the gemstone is gaining popularity in modern jewelry and is certain to become as well known to the public as it is loved by collectors. Morganite was first discovered in California in the early 20th century and soon thereafter in Madagascar. Though there are also deposits in Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan and Russia, fine quality morganite remains relatively rare.
In fact, morganite's rarity keeps it relatively affordable, since there usually aren't enough standard-sized stones available for use in manufactured jewelry. Widespread use and exposure could increase morganite's popularity, then its demand, and then its price. Colored by trace amounts of manganese, morganite possesses beautiful, soft and feminine colors. Coming in pinks from subtle lavenders to hot fuchsias and even pastel pink apricot blends, morganite exudes charm and tenderness.
Morganite’s fine pink tones radiate a charm and tenderness that is unmatched by any other pink gemstone. Its pink innocence is backed by an excellent hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. A good toughness rating makes morganite a perfect gem to use in jewelry. While some feel that it presents best when placed into white gold or sterling silver mountings, yellow gold also illuminates its pastel beauty. The gemstone will exist side by side in perfect harmony with the metal, never overpowering it and never getting lost in the design. Whether the gem is transparent or translucent in appearance, morganite’s soft pastel hues bring out its inherent beauty.
Morganite is available in many fine pink hues. Some morganite stones are decidedly pink while others tend more toward a lilac or light violet color. Sometimes there may be a hint of orange. When everything is said and done, Mother Nature has provided in morganite the right gemstone color for every type and each skin color. Morganite’s color always emanates charm and vitality with a touch of tenderness thrown in for good measure.