Morganite was first discovered in California in the early twentieth century. A rich gem find of tourmaline, kunzite, and other gems outside of San Diego started a gem rush in the region. Morganite was an exciting new discovery, one that drew the attention of the world’s most important gem buyer. George Kuntz of Tiffany & Company. He decided to name it in honor of his biggest customer: millionaire bank tycoon J. P. Morgan, who was an avid gem collector.
Although its color is pastel, it has a lushness rare in pink gemstones.
There are deposits of this genstone in Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, and Russia.
Morganite is a durable gemstone perfect for everyday wear. Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can build up.