Morganite’s subtle color is caused by traces of manganese. Because morganite has distinct pleochroism-pale pink and a deeper bluish pink—it’s necessary to orient the rough carefully for fashioning. Strong color in morganite is rare, and gems usually have to be large to achieve the finest color.
Morganite is a rare semi-precious stone. It is often associated with innocence, sweetness, romance and love, and is believed to bring healing and compassion to those who wear it.
Morganite is a pink semi-precious stone belonging to the beryl mineral family which also includes the more common beryls like emerald and aquamarine. Available in a variety of colors including pink, rose, peach, purple and salmon, the pink and rose-colored stones are the most sought after today. Morganite has gained a lot of popularity and value in recent years, especially with engagement rings.
MORGANITE VS MOISSANITE & DIAMONDS
Morganite emphasizes clarity, color, depth and brightness, while Moissanite and Diamonds focus on brilliance and clarity. If you’re looking for a enchanting gem stone for an engagement ring, then Morganite is the choice for you. But if you want even more clarity, you may want to go with a Moissanite or a diamond. Its warm overtones make Morganite engagement rings an ideal alternative for Missanite. Moreover, their durability and affordability make Morganite rings a great candidate for daily wear.
Morganite is significantly less expensive than most diamonds, and has a romantic look to it due to the pink hues that everyone loves. Although it is not the same quality as a diamond, it still holds a level of elegance to it. Moissanite is another great alternative to a diamond, but doesn’t necessarily provide the unique coloring of morganite stones. Learn all about Provence Moissanite at our blog.
COLOR ( THE MOST IMPORTANT )
Morganite’s color range includes pink, rose, peach, and salmon. Most desirable are the pink and rose tints.
Morganite is a Type2 gemstone, which means they are usually found with few inclusions. Most of the morganite rings are eye clean with no visible inclusions.
Combination of high hardness, durability, clarity and tender color makes Morganite rings very valuable. In terms of hardness, we’ve broken down each stone on the Mohs Scale:
- Morganite is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale.
- Moissanite is a 9 on the Mohs scale.
- Diamond is a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale.
The gem is almost always heat-treated to improve the pink color. The treatment is not detectable. Heat drives off the yellow or orange tinge, leaving a purer and more attractive pink. The resulting color is stable and pure with lifetime durability.
The final, and sometimes biggest factor is cost. Morganite and Moissanite are both less expensive than diamonds, and are typically the best alternatives when you’re still looking for a beautiful stone, just at a fraction of the cost.