Morganite is a gemstone that has been worn for centuries. It was named after the mineralogist Henry George Morgan, who discovered it in 1892.
The stone’s color ranges from pink to peach or orange-pink and can be very intense. Its color varies because of trace amounts of manganese present in the crystal structure. The name morganite is derived from its discoverer, as well as other minerals found nearby such as morganite garnet and morganite pyrope garnet, which are also crystallized with traces of manganese.
Morganites’ enchanting colors have made them popular among jewelry makers, especially those working with rose gold tones. They’re often used to complement stones such as pink tourmaline or morganite garnet. Morganites also make lovely carved gems, particularly when paired with rose gold prongs for pendants and earrings.
Morganite is so popular that it’s even featured in a recent Disney movie—Transformers: Age of Extinction—as the heart-shaped pendant around Mark Wahlberg’s character Cade Yeager’s neck.
Morganite crystals are found in pegmatites, veins and seams of hydrothermal vein deposits. They’re usually cut into square-cuts or rounds. Since morganite is a relatively hard 5 on the Mohs’ scale, with hardness and toughness comparable to quartz