Morganite is the pink variety of Beryl, colored by manganese or cesium, also known as Pink Aquamarine. Among the beryls, Morganite is one of the rarest forms, second only to red bixbite. Since its discovery, has been very prized by gem collectors owing to its rarity.
Most Morganites on the market come from pegmatite mines in Minas Gerais, Brazil but there are also minor sources with fine gem-quality Morganite include Afghanistan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, China, Russia, California and Maine.
Natural Morganite, the most valuable type of Morganite, is a pleochroic gem; it has slightly different colors when viewed from different directions: from slightly yellowish orange to slightly purplish pink. Untreated often has a strong orange color component, creating a salmon color.
The study of colour is very important because it is one of the most principal factor, beyond the origin, to determine the value of Morganite: more the color is deep and more the value is high. Its pale blush pink or peach hues captivate exude feminine sophistication in sleek modern looks and embody understated elegance in classic styles.
Another interesting properties of Morganite is its clarity and luster: this stone, infact, occurs with excellent transparency, it rarely forms with inclusions, thus, eye-clean stones are expected, and shows an attractive vitreous luster when cut and polished.
Lastly, an important feature of this Stone, is its hardness: infact, is harder than diamond, ruby, sapphire, topaz, and several other precious gemstones. This makes Morganite an excellent stone for use in engagement rings, which are expected to retain an attractive appearance across lifetime; infact is regarded as the stone of love, compassion and promise, and is the second most sought-after colored gem as a center stone in this kind of rings, in particular on in rose gold jewelry mountings, which have also grown in popularity.