Today I will be talking about pink morganite, which we’ve seen Kate wear once.
Morganite is an aluminum beryllium silicate. It is known as “pink beryl”, and among the beryls, morganite is the rarest form. The color can range from pale pink to peach to violet-pink (as shown in the photos above).
Morganite is named for American banker and gemstone collector J.P. Morgan. The two most significant morganite deposits are found in Brazil and Madagascar. Some other noteworthy sources for fine gem-quality morganite include Afghanistan, China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, Zimbabwe and the USA (California and Maine). Pink morganite was first identified as such by gemologist George D. Kunz in 1910 in California (George was also a buyer for Tiffany & Company).
Morganite is not usually heated or alternated, but sometimes low heat is used to enhance the color and erase undesired yellow tones.
Morganite is considered to be somewhat rare. This could explain why Kate’s morganite drops are so expensive.
Kate’s morganite jewelry: