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Morganite is the pretty, peachy-pink variety of beryl, cousin to more familiar beryls like emerald and aquamarine. Morganite's beautiful, feminine colors are a result of the presence of manganese. After its discoveries in California and Madagascar in the early 20th century, this pink beryl was renamed morganite as suggested by famed gemologist George F. Kunz. Named in honor of financier and gem enthusiast J. P. Morgan, morganite has many redeeming qualities, including durability, luster, clarity and brilliance. Though there are also small deposits in Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, and Russia, quality morganite remains relatively rare. Ironically, it is morganite's rarity that keeps it relatively affordable, since there aren't enough standard-sized stones available for use in manufactured jewelry.

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Morganite Classification
Common Name Morganite
Species Beryl
Morganite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent
Dispersion Strength: Weak Fire Value: 0.014
Refractive Index 1.583-1.590
Birefringence 0.007-0.008
Optic Character Uniaxial
Optic Sign Negative
Polariscope Reaction Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert to weak pink to violetish red
LWUV: Inert to weak pink to violetish red
Pleochroism Dichroic, unobservable or weak, varying shades of body color
Morganite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 7.5
Streak White
Specific Gravity 2.800-2.910
Toughness Good
Inclusions Morganite is a type I clarity stone. Inclusions are rare but liquid and two-phase inclusions, hollow or liquid-filled parallel tubes and fingerprints are sometimes seen.
Luster Vitreous
Stability Good
Fracture Conchoidal
Cleavage Poor, in one direction
Morganite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name beryllium aluminum silicate
Chemical Formula Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Crystal System Hexagonal
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Morganite Colors

  • Orange Morganite Orange
  • Pink Morganite Pink

Alternate Names

Pink Beryl, Rose Beryl, Cesian

Countries of Origin

Tanzania, United Republic Of; Afghanistan; United States of America (the); Cambodia; Czechia; Madagascar; Thailand; Bolivia (Plurinational State of); India; Mongolia; Mozambique; Pakistan; Morocco; Unknown; China; Brazil; South Africa; Nigeria


Morganite is the pretty-in-peachy-pink variety of beryl and a sister to the acclaimed emerald. The ultra-feminine colors of morganite have made it a favorite of women of all ages. Named for the financier and gem enthusiast JP Morgan, this lovely stone has wonderful qualities: it's durable, has a high luster, is available in clear stones of relatively large size and is quite brilliant. In short, it's everything women love in a gemstone.


Remember to keep your morganite away from chemical cleaners and ultrasonic machines. Clean it with warm soapy water and a gentle brush. If you do, this little pretty will delight you for the rest of your life.

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More About Morganite

JP Morgan was a gemstone lover and savvy financier. He backed and supported so many gemological digs, it was decided that he should be honored with a stone named for him. Of course, one had to be found. Enter George Kunz who, in 1902, made the discovery of a lovely new gemstone. According to legend that stone was scheduled to be named for JP Morgan, but George Kunz named it Kunzite instead. He claimed that they couldn't reach Mr. Morgan to get his permission. The good news for Mr. Morgan is that this stone, which was ultimately named in his honor, is one worthy of him.

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Tim Matthews

Tim Matthews is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewelry Television® (JTV), as well as a member of the company's Board of Directors. He oversees and leads all aspects of the company's powerful omni-digital retail platform that uniquely specializes in fine jewelry and gemstones. His passion for business and gemstones has led him to become a recognized expert in the field of gemology. He is a life member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) and has earned Gem-A's highest degrees, the Gemmology (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) diplomas. He is also a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has also completed GIA's Graduate Diplomas in Diamonds, Colored Stones and Pearls. Under his leadership, JTV has become the leader in the sourcing and selling of color gemstones and jewelry.

This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.