Morganite is the pretty, peachy-pink variety of beryl, cousin to more familiar beryls like emerald and aquamarine. It is found chiefly in Brazil and Madagascar. Intense colors are hard to find and even light colors may command high prices. The pastel pink colors are a result of the presence of manganese or cesium. Morganite was first discovered in California in the early 20th century and soon thereafter in Madagascar. Though there are also small deposits in Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, and Russia, high quality morganite remains relatively rare.
Formerly known as pink beryl, the name Morganite was suggested by gemologist George F. Kunz the namesake of kunzite, and renamed as a separate gemstone in 1911 after J. Pierpont Morgan, an American banker and collector. Morgan was an avid collector and a customer of Tiffany's were Kunz was employed and where much of the country's morganite was sold at that time.