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A member of the Beryl family, Morganite found its name in 1911 when it drew the attention of one of the world's most esteemed gemstone experts, George Kunz of Tiffany & Co®. He named it in honor of millionaire banker and mineral collector John Pierport Morgan.

Legend says that Beryl was once used to ward off demons and evil spirits and that it can protect the wearer from danger while traveling. Other legends also state that beryl can be used to bring good luck, cheerfulness, energy, and eternal youthfulness.

Morganite is believed to nurture feelings of love and to increase tenderness in a relationship. Morganite can enhance one's communications skills and provide patience to help focus during times of stress.

Along with Aquamarine and Emerald, Morganite is probably the best-known of the Beryl family, though its rarity stands in the way of it becoming a common jewelry stone.

Written by Juan Acevedo — July 23, 2014

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