Morganite

Morganite is a pink or orangey-pink variety of beryl, in the same gem family as Aquamarine and Emerald. It is rarer than Aquamarine, but its popularity in jewelry is a relatively recent phenomenon.

The gemstone was named after J.P. Morgan, one of the foremost gem collectors of the early 1900's, and discovered in Madagascar in 1910. Since then, the Madagascar mines have declined in productivity, and most Morganite stones come from Brazil. The largest Morganite ever discovered was mined in Maine; the rough stone is almost a foot wide and weighs 50 pounds.

The finest Morganites are a natural deep pink in hue, while commercial Morganites are often a pale blush pink.