Sunday, June 2, 2013

Morganite: The Pink Beryl

Such a lovely and soft pale pink, morganite is a rare stone that can be hard to find. Part of the Beryl family, from which comes the emerald, it was first discovered off the coast of Madagascar in 1910. For awhile it was simply called Pink Beryl, but renamed Morganite the following year in honor of the American banker and collector J. Pierpont Morgan, for his contributions to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Morganite is often associated with love and the heart chakra. People have used it to alleviate homesickness, fatigue and phobias. Other uses are to release negative emotions, encourage trust and joy, and to fill the heart with an abundance of love and generosity.

On a physical level, it is said to help with asthma, colds, coughing and tuberculosis, to ease pain of all kinds of ailments of the joints like arthritis, RSI and sciatica, and to regulates the water inside the body and strengthen the urinal tract.

Often heated to bring out the pink color and remove the yellow streaks, morganite rarely has inclusions, and is found in Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, and Russia.

Off on a Whim carries raw polished morganite tumbles for pendants and ring making, and chips for earrings and strap charms.

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