The gem was first discovered in Madagascar in 1910 by George Kunz, the chief gemologist for Tiffany & Co. He named this gem Morganite in honour of his friend, (and Tiffany & Co’s best customer), the American financier and avid gem collector J.P. Morgan.

Morganite is the pink variety of beryl. Other colours in the Beryl family are  –  blue (Aquamarine), green (Emerald & Green Beryl), yellow (Heliodor), colorless (White Beryl/Goshenite) and red (Bixbite from Utah).

Morganites are found in Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the USA (California and Maine).