Hardness: 7.5-8 Mohs
Enhancement Code: Heating
AA: Light to medium light pink; eye clean; good cut
Care: Rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.
Major Sources: Brazil, Madagascar, United States
The first gem quality morganite was discovered in Madagascar and was named in honor of J.P. Morgan, the famous banker, who was also an avid mineral collector. This charming gem is in the beryl family. The gentle pink hue of Morganite is due to traces of manganese.
The largest gem quality morganite was discovered in Maine in 1989, and was subsequently named the Rose of Maine. This highly brilliant stone is ideal for romantic designs to highlight its feminine beauty.