Morganite: Charming Pink Gemstone

Morganite, though only known under that name for about a hundred years, has become a favorite gemstone for women around the world. Mainly because of its soft pink colors and being an excellent gemstone for jewelry.

With its delicate pink colors that are not found in any other gemstone and excellent jewelry suitability, morganite is sure to remain a favorite for many years to come.

The only thing that is holding it back right now is its limited availability, making it fairly expensive. One can only hope new deposits are discovered sooner rather than later!

What is Morganite?Morganite ring

The morganite gemstone is another member of the beryl group, just like emeralds and aquamarine.

Usually morganite is found in pink or orange colors, at times several colors are present as bands in the same crystal.

Morganite is a fairly recent discovery, the first gem quality stones were found in 1910 in Madagascar. F. Kunz (of kunzite fame) suggested naming it after the well-known gem collector and financier J.P. Morgan. Before that morganite was simply known as pink beryl.

Beryl itself is colorless and the various colors it can be found in are caused by impurities. There is still some debate over what is causing the pink to orange colors of morganite. Most likely it is manganese, but it is possible that certain hues are caused by cesium.

Currently high quality morganite gemstones are found in Madagascar, Afghanistan, Russia and the USA. It has a hardness of between 7.5 and 8 on Mohs hardness scale, together with its high durability it makes it very suitable for gemstone jewelry.

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Taking Care of Your Morganite Gemstones

It is quite easy to take care of your morganite gemstone, its high durability makes it possible to use ultrasonic or jewelry steam cleaners. The usual lukewarm water and soap will do fine, but usually doesn’t do the job as well unless you spend a lot of time. Just make sure the jewelry itself is not damaged by the cleaning agent, if you use any.

Morganite should be stored away from other gemstones, several gemstones like diamonds and moissanite can scratch it. While morganite itself can scratch most other gemstones as well as all metals.

Caution!: Make sure your jeweler knows that morganite can change color when subjected to high temperatures. In everyday use it won’t be a problem, but when repairing it a jewelers torch could easily damage your gemstone.

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Morganite Buying GuidePink morganite gemstone

Morganite is commonly heat treated to strengthen its color or to remove impurities. Synthetic and morganite imitations are on the market, sometimes sold under the name pink emerald or pink aquamarine.

So make sure you are buying from a dealer that discloses all enhancements and doesn’t deal in imitations.

Color is the most important property to determine morganite value. Clarity comes second, though some people prefer a finely included gemstone, because of its velvety look.

The pink color of morganite becomes deeper in larger gemstones, so it’s usually best to buy those if they are within your budget. 10+ carat morganite is not as rare as it is for some other gemstones, but unfortunately they can still be quite expensive.

High quality, that is eye clean or loupe clean, 10+ carat unheated loose morganite with an excellent cut and strong pink color usually sells for $100-$300 per carat. While slightly included, unheated morganite with a light pink to peach color can be had for as little as $10-$20 per carat.

Even this ‘lower quality’ morganite still looks amazing, especially when set in a silver or platinum setting that brings out the pink or peach color as can be seen above.

Because of its high wearability morganite rings and even morganite engagement rings are slowly picking up in popularity. If you intend to buy some of the larger gemstones on the market, 30+ carats is no exception, you should probably go for a morganite necklace though. A gemstone that large will look out of place in almost any ring.

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Comments

  1. Morgan Morganite says:

    “Synthetic and morganite imitations are on the market, usually sold under the name pink emerald or pink aquamarine.”

    This is rubbish, a mere pretense at authority! Synthetic morganite is NOT “usually sold under the name pink emerald or pink aquamarine” at all. Conmen try to pass it off as “morganite” way more often than they try to pass it off as pink emerald. Moreover, practically no-one in the jewellery trade uses the term “pink aquamarine”.

    Get your facts straight JewelleryAdvisor.

    • GemstonesAdvisor says:

      Thank you for the correction, it should have been “sometimes sold under” of course. While it is true that “pink aquamarine” is hardly used in the jewelry trade, there are exceptions and it has a habit of appearing on sites like Ebay. We try to be as thorough as possible, that is why we included it.

      GemstonesAdvisor

  2. I got a morganite ring on Overstock.com and love it, but how do I know if it’s synthetic or not? They called it morganite.

    • GemstonesAdvisor says:

      Overstock discloses the treatments in the bolded part at the bottom of the product details. From a quick look at their morganite jewelry we’ve seen that most of it is heated. Sometimes it is enhanced by “traditional methods” which we assume is also heating in the case of morganite.

      We’ve seen no synthetic morganite, but to be sure you should check the disclosure of the particular ring you bought.

      GemstonesAdvisor

  3. Just wondering if you could render an opinion on the morganite ring offered for sale on Costco.com?

    • GemstonesAdvisor says:

      From what we can tell that morganite ring is mediocre at best. A lot of the $1200 you’ll pay seems to have gone towards the diamonds, rather than the morganite as its color looks fairly bland. Though this is partly due to the white gold ring, instead of the rose gold you’ll see almost everywhere else.

      More troubling is that we couldn’t find any disclosure on treatments and the quality of the morganite.

      So, we advise you to take a look elsewhere. There are plenty of places that properly disclose their treatments and likely offer more value for your money.

      GemstonesAdvisor

  4. I won a 4.75 ct 15x10mm Morganite on JTV auctions for $75.00 is this a good deal ?

    • GemstonesAdvisor says:

      Unfortunately that’s impossible to tell without seeing it in person. It could be a great deal or a horrible one, depending on color, cut and treatments.

      GemstonesAdvisor

  5. I have morganite ring from dior, it’s called the rose gold morganite oui ring. It was pretty expensive, and when I first got it the stone was peachy but the stone had scratch on top and I went back to exchange it, then the next ring they gave me it was a more clear stone , I would say less peachy, more white or more similar color as to a regular diamond.i wasn’t very happy because I got the morganite for its beautiful peach tones. So they offer me to polish the first ring with the deeper color.
    What should I do ?

    • GemstonesAdvisor says:

      Hi,

      Unfortunately it is impossible to tell their authenticity from the pictures and information provided by the store.

      Gemstones Advisor

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