Choosing the right engagement ring might be the most important part of the engagement. You want the perfect ring for your future spouse that fits her personality and style. A traditional woman who likes diamonds is generally the easiest to satisfy, however if you are shopping for the unconventional lady then choosing the perfect engagement ring might be tricky. The solution for a unique and “one of a kind” ring can be the Morganite Engagement Ring. The remarkably high quality of morganite makes it perfectly appropriate for an engagement ring and a wonderful alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring.
Morganite is still fairly uncommon as an engagement ring, so you will still be the talk of the town if you do choose a beautiful stone and setting. The rings are like no other. Morganite is also used in gem therapy so the stone is pleasant to look at all the time.
What is Morganite?
Morganite is a rare, light pink coloured stone, and considered a sister stone to aquamarine and emerald stones. For many years, morganite was formerly known as pink beryl. After it was discovered along the coast of Madagascar on an island (as well as in parts of the coast of California) in the early 20th century, this unique gemstone was renamed morganite. Morganite is regarded as an exciting new gem; an alternative to pink sapphire, pink tourmaline and kunzite. It was Tiffany’s Inc. gemologist, George Frederick Kunz who renamed this unique gemstone. By selecting the name morganite, he paid a tribute to honor gem enthusiast and banker John Pierpont Morgan who was a great collector of these gemstones and personal benefactor. Two major morganite sources nowadays are Brazil and Madagascar. Others include Afghanistan, China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia and a few states in the US like California, Maine, Connecticut and North Carolina.
Quality and characteristics of Morganite
Morganite has many redeeming qualities, including durability, clarity, luster, and brilliance. Typically free of inclusions, morganite rates between 7.5 and 8 on Mohs scale as well as good toughness. Its durability and myriad of stunning pink hues make morganite extremely suitable as a jewelry gemstone that is great for everyday wear.
The major factor contributing to the popularity of morganite engagement rings is its rarity. Since its discovery, morganite has been primarily prized by collectors due to its limited availability. Ironically, it is morganite’s scarcity that keeps it relatively affordable, since there aren’t enough standard-sized stones available for use in manufactured jewelry. There’s no question that this is a superior gemstone.
Morganite’s beautiful, feminine colours are a result of a trace of manganese. It is easily distinguishable from salmon to pink gemstones by its brilliance and luster. Morganite comes in pink colours from subtle lavenders to bright fuchsias and even pastel pink apricot blends and pale salmon. The colours of morganite make a morganite engagement ring complement every skin tone and personality perfectly. Wearing a morganite ring provides a neutral enough colour to accommodate any fashion choice, not so likely when wearing a bright blue sapphire or vibrant opal engagement ring. It puts a unique twist on fashionable pink and with a high degree of durability a morganite ring can stand up to the daily wear of an engagement or wedding ring.
25 Unique Morganite Engagement Rings
Morganite Ring Beliefs
Morganite is a fantastic gemstone for an engagement ring. High hardness and lovely delicate colour make it most desirable choice amongst all the beryl group members. Not only are morganite engagement rings a beautiful looking choice as an engagement ring, but morganite is also believed to be a powerful stone which facilitates the flow of energy throughout the body. 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. Many claims have been made on wearing morganite, and it is believed that wearing a morganite ring:
- Provides relief and positive attitude at times of high stress and increases clarity of thoughts
- Nurtures feeling of love and increase tenderness in a relation
- Aids in developing soft skills such as patience, hard working and communication skills
- Curing the problems related to respiratory system and augments the supply of oxygen to the cells
- Brings good luck, cheerfulness, energy, and eternal youthfulness
Today, the astrologers suggest wearing this stone to cure the problems that take place due to chaotic modern life. It relieves stress and provides peace at mind, body and soul. With some claiming it inspires and maintains love, a morganite engagement rings boast a sweet symbolism making it an extra perfect choice for an engagement ring.
Morganite Jewelry Cleaning & Care
Morganite is a beryl, like aquamarine and emerald, which is a softer stone than a diamond and can accumulate scratches over time. That being said, due to its reasonable high hardness and durability rating, morganite requires minimal special care. Occasionally after long term wear, the stone will need to be polished and buffed to restore the initial luster and bring your stone back to brilliant condition.
At home, cleaning can be very effective when you are thorough in cleaning but you do also have to be consistent. Below the basic instruction of cleaning your morganite engagement ring, make sure to not clean your ring over the sink as it can fall out.
- Soak the ring in plain warm water for a couple of minutes.
- Gently brush with a soft bristle brush, like a kids toothbrush, a mixture of foamy dish soap and water all around and under the gem for a couple minutes to remove all buildup. You should notice the stone becoming cleaner.
- Rinse the morganite engagement ring with water.
- Shake off the excess water.
- Blow dry from a distance.
Additionally, there are a number of well-performing stores to buy cleaners like Tarn-X and Brasso. Before applying, always make sure to double-check if the jewelry material has any special requirements. Important is that even with self-cleaning your jewelry, it is recommended is to have your engagement ring cleaned professionally every couple years to maintain a beautiful sparkle and to buff any surface scratches the ring may endure so it can be kept for generations.
Buying a Morganite Engagement Ring
Value of a Morganite Ring
Colour and cut are the two most important characteristics of a morganite gemstone value, followed by morganite’s clarity and carat size. A morganite with a custom cut that maximizes the pink hue of the stone, plus its brilliance and fire, will dramatically improve the value of the stone.
On average, a morganite gemstone with a custom cut can already be found for somewhere around $300, which is low for the quality of the stone. Pale morganite gemstones are often available for much less than the $300 per carat, however, these morganite rings will not increase in value with time due to the lower quality. For those looking for a better quality and colour, the highest valued medium-pink morganite gemstones are advised; if the pink colour is too light the stone often looks washed out unless it is very large, and if the pink is too dark the stone looks too saturated with colour.
The cost of the morganite does not substantially increase the carat weight as it is often found in large carat sizes. This affordability makes the morganite engagement ring more popular for future newlyweds on a budget.
Shopping for a Morganite Ring
While morganite is an affordable and durable gemstone, shoppers still need to be smart when they are looking for morganite rings. Imitation morganite is being produced through natural and synthetic crystal growth processes and is often sold under different names to deceive innocent buyers. Pink Emerald and Pink Aquamarine are such misleading names from which buyers need to be careful while buying an engagement ring with a morganite stone. To be safe when buying your morganite ring keep these tips in mind:
- Have the ring appraised by an independent jeweller
- Arrange an exchange or refund policy
- Deal with a reputable company that has a verifiable reputation
- Compare different shops and keep the average of $300 cost per carat of a custom morganite gemstone in mind
Some of the most popular styles of morganite jewellery and morganite engagement ring combine morganite with rose gold. And while rose gold is highly complimentary to the light blush pink of morganite, this gemstone also looks lovely set with yellow gold, silver, palladium and platinum.
Whether you’re about to embark on the path towards marriage or know someone close to you who is gearing up to pop the question we hope you fell in love with the morganite engagement ring as much as we did. Leave us a comment with your experiences or show us the special morganite ring that fits your personal style, taste, and represents your everlasting love.