Morganite is the pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, a mineral that
includes emerald and aquamarine. It was first identified in Madagascar,
in 1910 and known as “pink beryl”. Among the beryls, morganite is
one of the rarest forms, second only to red bixbite.
The most prized colours are a strong pink to magenta colour,
often the result of heat treatment. Untreated material, especially from Brazil,
often has a salmon-like orangy pink colour. Colour of stone is often light.
More intense colours cause a significant rise in value.
Faceted stones often do not have eye-visible inclusions.
Larger sizes are more likely to show inclusions. Stones with numerous
eye-visible inclusions are carved or cut as cabochons.
Cut and shape
Morganite is typically faceted to maximize its colour and brilliance.
This stone is also popular with gemstone carvers. Light-colour material
might be cut slightly deep to help intensify the colour. Stones
are most often cut into rounds, ovals, cushions and pears,
as well as trillions, hearts and briolettes.
The stones are found in all sizes and are often cut
in calibrated sizes to fit standard jewelry mountings.
Large faceted stones are not uncommon.
Morganite is a pink stone of love. It is said to carry an energy that can
warm the soul of its wearer. It is best used for opening the heart chakra and
it is often used to help cleanse the body of stress and anxiety. All beryl gems,
including pink morganite, represent purity and potential.