Connect to the heart of love and peace.
Recognize and heal emotional patterns.
Relax and allow yourself to just “be”.
Be patient, protective, and act wisely.
Let Morganite remind you that you are love!
Mineralogy of Morganite
Mineral Family: Cycloslicates
Chemical Composition: Be3Al2Si6 O18
Color: Pink, peach, lilac
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal
Luminescence: Red (long wave)
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: The largest concentration of Morganite is in Brazil. Additional deposits have been found in Australia, Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Madagascar, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe and the United States (mainly California; but also Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin).
Mineral Family: Morganite is the pink variety of Beryl, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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.” Green Beryl is called Emerald, Blue Beryl is Aquamarine, and Pink Beryl is of course, Morganite.
Formation: Morganite forms as small tabular crystals in lithium-rich igneous rocks. Its warm pink/peach color is imparted by trace amounts of maganese in colorless Beryl.
Mining: Most Beryl mining is a byproduct of mining Granite. Morganite is also often found near Tungsten deposits.
Enhancements: Morganite gemstones used in jewelry are routinely heat-treated to reduce yellow coloring and bring out a more vivid pink color. Tumbled stones, by contrast are most likely fully natural, enhanced only by polishing.
Synonyms: Pink Beryl, Pink Emerald
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.
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.
Healing Properties of Morganite
Spiritual: 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. Morganite is attuned to the Heart (4th) Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Libra. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 3.
Emotional: 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: 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: 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.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Morganite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Morganite was artisanally-mined in Nigeria
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage
and had relatively safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Morganite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Morganite Tumbled Stone
Color: Pink. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Morganite
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