Rose beryl, pink emerald, pink beryl and cesian beryl are all nicknames given to Marropino morganite. This member of the beryl gemstone family shines in pale pink to rosy tones.
Together with emerald and aquamarine, morganite is a well-liked member of the beryllium aluminum silicate or beryl family. Pure beryl is colorless and gains its color from the addition of external elements like iron, manganese, chromium or vanadium during the rock formation process. When beryl blends with manganese, it becomes an enchanting pink gem called morganite. Tiffany & Co.'s chief gemologist George Frederick Kunz discovered this stone in Madagascar in 1911. He dubbed the stone morganite to pay homage to his best customer, American banking magnate John Pierpont Morgan. Morgan funded many of Kunz's gem explorations and was the most prolific American gem collector of his time. While this gem had existed for millions of years, Kunz's discovery and promotion brought morganite to global prominence. Morganite reveals an amazing radiance and subtle hue varying from a cool lavender-pink to a warm peach. In raw form, this gemstone displays a pale salmon. Heat is applied to bring out cooler pink tones. Occasionally, morganite can be found in darker tones, similar to pink sapphire.
Morganite's popularity has continued to rise, driven by the discovery of a premium deposit in Mozambique. With unmatched color depth and quality, Mozambique stones have been called one of the best versions of morganite on the market. We obtain this rare gem from the Marropino mine, located in the Zambezia province in Northern Mozambique.