One of the most famous morganite specimens is "The Rose of Maine," found on October 7, 1989 at the Bennett Quarry in Buckfield, Maine, weighing just over 50 pounds, including its matrix! This piece was about 9 inches long and 12 inches across.
Morganite can have slightly yellow or salmon-colored patches (and the yellow can be improved with irradiation), but red beryl is seen as a separate stone, not under the morganite umbrella. Red beryl was called "bixbite" for a time, but this is discouraged because there is a different mineral, a rare dark crystalline gem named "bixbyite," causing confusion! Red beryl has also been called red emerald or scarlet emerald, and was first described in 1904 in Juab County, Utah. It is also found in other locations in Utah and New Mexico, and is extremely rare. Another reddish beryl, pezzottaite, is seen as another separate stone (also called raspberry beryl or raspberyl), and it's found in Madagascar and Afghanistan. While "raspberyl" and red beryl may have a similar color, they conduct light differently through the gem, which is how a mineralogist can determine the difference between the stones.
Unlike emerald, morganite is typically free of inclusions and quite hardy. To care for morganite gem, remember that it is a beryl like aquamarine, rating above quartz in hardness on Moh's scale, about 7.5-8, so it is safe for everyday wear, even in rings. Simply clean with mild dish soap and a soft toothbrush to keep a morganite gem dazzling.
Metaphysically speaking, morganite is associated with the heart chakra and can aid in attracting love as well as balancing emotions and increasing compassion and empathy.