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MORGANITE

Morganite was first discovered in California in the early twentieth century. A rich gem find of tourmaline, kunzite, and other gems outside San Diego started a gem rush in the region.  Morganite was an exciting new discovery, one that drew the attention of the world's most important gem buyer: George Kunz of Tiffany & Co. He decided to name it in honor of his biggest customer: millionaire bank tycoon J.P. Morgan, who was an avid gem collector.
Although its color is pastel, it has a lushness rare in pink gemstones. More information on Morganite can found here. 
 
FACTS
MINERAL: Beryl
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: Be3Al2Si6O18
COLOR: Pink to orange-pink
REFRACTIVE INDEX: 1.583 to 1.590
BIREFRINGENCE: 0.007 to 0.008
SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   2.80 to 2.91
MOHS HARDNESS: 7.5 to 8
 
-Source AGTA, GIA

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