Published June 2017  •  Updated June 2022  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Morganite is a rare pink or peach beryl that is sometimes marketed as Pink Emerald.  It has a bright and happy color as well as a very romantic energy.  It was named after JP Morgan, the American banker and gem-collector.  His collection was personally curated by the chief gemologist from Tiffany and Co.  Morganite is a love stone that attracts our soul mates to us and help us stay happy together.  Its energy is also very beneficial after a break up when we may feel heartbroken or jaded. Morganite helps us to grieve cleaning and to still believe in the awesome power of love.  It encourages us to love again and live our life with joy and hope.

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Morganite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Morganite connects us to all the Great Forces of Love and Goodness in the Universe. It invites us to surrender to Love and to allow it to direct our course. It frees us from dogma and fanaticism which leads us astray and brings us closer to what is True and Real. Morganite teaches us that our strength is found in our tenderness and our courage is in our compassion. It protects us so that we dare to be vulnerable and open to receiving love and showing love to others. Morganite is a phenomenal stone for anyone who practices compassion-based meditation, taking on the suffering of others and sending them peace and healing. Morganite inspires a love of live and of all beings.

Metaphysical Properties Morganite
Chakra Heart
Element Water
Numerology 3
Zodiac Libra

Emotional Healing Properties

Morganite is a wonderful love stone. It can be used to attract our soulmates as well as to nurture existing relationships so that they are long-lasting, healthy and happy. Morganite is particularly useful for anyone who has has suffered deep emotional trauma and/or grief. Morganite lifts away any pain that is lingering inside and helps us to process through heavy emotions and release them completely. It also shows us how to dissolve any conscious or subconscious resistance we may have to our own emotional healing and growth. Morganite brings us a feeling of peace, security, joy and a belief in our own inner-strength. It can help us to gently observe our own emotional patterns, particularly those that are fear or judgement based, and develop new patterns, based on love.

Mental Healing Properties

Morganite soothes the mind so that we can think clearly and determine the best course of action. It reduces chronic complaining and reminds us to take action to fix whatever is causing us irritation, or else to let it go. Morganite encourages us to think positively and constructive. It also teaches us to take responsibility for our own actions, words and thoughts. It dissolves feelings of helplessness and victimhood, and shows us a path forward to empowerment and peace. Morganite is also a fantastic stone to work with when we need to have a better work-life balance. Morganite teaches us to not take ourselves so seriously or to make our work the center of our lives. Instead, Morganite reminds us to take plenty of time to play and relax.

Physical Healing Properties

Morganite is used by metaphysical healers mainly to treat the heart. It is also said to benefit the nervous system and stress-related illnesses. It is additionally believed to help the lungs and to help with oxygenation at the cellular level. Metaphysical healers also use Morganite to treat asthma and tuberculosis.

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Morganite Mineralogy

Where does Morganite come from?

Morganite is found in Afghanistan, Brazil, Italy, Nigeria, and the United States

Mining and Treatments

Morganite is mined at its primary deposit, still in in relationship with the host rock.  Most mining is a byproduct of mining Feldspar, Mica, or Granite, but Morganite is sometimes related to lithium mining.  The gems are most likely to be found in small veins or on the walls of cavities.  These deposits are often found deep underground.

Some of the transparent Morganites used in fine jewelry have been heat-treated to bring out a more vivid color.  Heat-treatments can be done at lapidaries, but are sometimes done directly at the mine.  Lab-created Morganites are relatively rare.  Opaque Morganite and collector’s pieces are typically fully natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing

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Mineral Family

Morganite is a pink or peach colored Beryl, a Silicate mineral.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz, Feldspar, and Beryl. Beryl is a unique family in that all of its members are considered “gemstones.”

Morganite’s energy works well with its family – other Beryl minerals.  Try it in combination with Aquamarine, Emerald, and Heliodore.

Morganite Formation and Crystal Associates

Morganites are typically formed in igneous rocks like Granite, as well as their associated pegmatite dikes, mica schists and gneisses. On rare occasions, they may be found in sedimentary rocks such as shale or limestone. The crystals form as columnar, hexagonal prisms.  Beryl is a colorless gem, unless there are trace elements within it.  In the case of Morganite, the color is due to Manganese.

Morganite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Lepidolite and Tourmaline

Mineralogy Emerald
Chemical Formula Al2 Be3 [Si6 O18]
Cleavage Indistinct
Color Pink, Peach
Crystal System Hexagonal
Form/Habit Prismatic
Fracture Conchoidal, uneven, brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7.5-8
Luminescence Green, weak (short and long waves)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Cyclosilicates
Specific Gravity 2.68-2.74
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Morganite

Morganite is a pink/peach variety of Beryl. While its more famous “siblings” Aquamarine (blue Beryl) and Emerald (green Beryl) have been beloved for generations, Morganite was first identified in the early 20th century. As a result, it was not included in any of the older lapidaries. Morganite was first identified in 1902 from a deposit in Madagascar, with a second deposit found sooner after in California, USA. The New York Academy of Sciences officially named the pink gem, Morganite after the American banker and gemstone collector, J.P. Morgan (1837-1913).

At the turn of the century, J.P. Morgan owned the most important gem collection in the United States, with over 1000 precious pieces. He exhibited this gem collection at the World Fair in Paris in 1889, the same fair for which the Eiffel Tower was built. Morgan’s gem collection was curated by Tiffany & Co’s chief gemologist, George Fredrick Kunz (another pink gemstone, Kunzite, is named in his honor.) The gem collection won two gold medals and drew attention to Morgan from the mineralogy and lapidary industries.

Jp Morgan, Morganite

JP Morgan

Morgan then hired Kunz to locate and put together a second gem collection, more than twice the size of the first. In addition to collecting individual gems, Kunz also helped orchestrate the purchase of existing collections. Most notably, Morgan acquired the gem collection of the Clarence S. Bement, a Philadelphia industrialist with a passion for mineralogy. Morgan paid over $100,000 for the collection, the equivalent of 2.5M today. Morgan’s new collection was publicly displayed at another Paris exhibit in 1900. Upon Morgan’s death, both gem collections were donated to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where Kunz curated. They can be seen there today as the Morgan-Tiffany and Morgan-Bement Collections.

Kunz was a member of numerous mineralogy organizations and other scientific, cultural and historical societies, and served as Vice-President for the New York Academy of Sciences. The Academy helped identify and give the official name to a new pink gemstone. On December 5, 1910, Kunz encouraged the Academy to name it “Morganite” to honor JP Morgan’s financial support of the arts and sciences, and his contributions to gemology.

In 1989, the largest specimen of Morganite was discovered in Bennet Quarry in Maine. Known as the “Rose of Maine” it weighs over 50 pounds. It was originally a bright orange color, but has since changed to pink due to exposure to sunlight.

Rose Of Maine, Morganite

Rose of Maine, lit by flashlight in the mine