|Alongside emerald and aquamarine, morganite is certainly the best known gemstone from the colourful group of the beryls. There are morganites in many fine pink hues. Some are decidedly pink, while others can be lilac or light violet. There may even be a hint of orange.
When determining the quality of a morganite, the colour is the most important criterion. This gemstone should be selected in as large a size as possible, for it is only above a certain size that the beauty of its colour really comes into its own. The cut really is a decisive factor: only a high-quality cut will allow the subtle colour of the morganite to truly shine.
|Pink to peach to lilac
||A member of the beryl family, morganite is named for J.P. Morgan, banker and mineral collector. Morganite measures 7.5 – 8.0 on the Mohs scale.