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.
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