Picking the perfect ring is no small task and can be quite stressful, given the significance that an engagement ring plays. You’ll no doubt want the ideal ring for your future spouse, one that matches her personality and complements her style. Picking something traditional, such as a diamond ring is relatively straightforward, but it might not be the best choice for you. If you’re soon to be fiancé is in any way unconventional, adventurous or would appreciate something a bit different, then you have a lot more options available to you and the complexity of the task has increased. A potential solution to the problem of a finding a ‘one of a kind’ ring could take the form of a Morganite Engagement Ring. The subtle look and remarkable quality of morganite gemstones mean they are particularly well suited for an engagement ring and make a beautiful alternative to the more traditional diamond.
Morganite is still relatively rare when it comes to engagement rings, so the ring could be unique within your social circle and would be an excellent talking piece if you do choose to select a stunning morganite gemstone and setting, the gem is like no other. Additionally, morganite is used in some forms of gem therapy, which adds an intriguing dimension to the qualities of the stone.
Morganite is a rare type of gemstone, which has a unique light pink hue, it’s widely considered to be the sister stone to both aquamarine and emeralds. Until quite recently, morganite was more commonly known as pink beryl. It wasn’t until a new source of morganite was discovered in Madagascar in early the 19th century that the gem was renamed from pink beryl to morganite. Morganite is a relatively new and exciting gem, one which is a great alternative to kunzite, pink tourmaline and pink sapphire. It was famous gemmologist George Frederick Kunz from Tiffany’s who proposed the name change. By changing the name to morganite, George was paying tribute to banker and gem enthusiast John Pierpont Morgan, who was a great collector of these gemstones and a benefactor. Today there are two major sources of the gemstone, Madagascar and Brazil. However, gems are also sourced from Russia, Namibia, China, Mozambique, Afghanistan and the USA.
Characteristics and Quality
Morganite has many good qualities which make it a great choice of gemstone, these include brilliance, clarity, lustre and durability. The gemstone is typically free from inclusions, and it rates highly on the Mohs scale between 7.5 and 8, it’s also tough and can easily last a lifetime without damage. The stones innate durability and a multitude of pink hues make the stone a very popular choice for jewellery which can be used for everyday wear.
One of the major factors which contribute to the attractiveness of morganite as an engagement ring is its scarcity. Since the gems discovery, it’s been highly prized by gem collectors, which is partially due to its limited availability. Oddly enough, it’s the rarity of the gem which keeps it affordable, since there are not enough standard sizes stones for the major jewellery manufacturers to buy, the gem is largely ignored by the major players in the jewellery business. It’s this very fact that makes morganite such an intriguing choice.
Colours of Morganite
The intriguing and beautiful feminine colours present in the stone are caused by traces of manganese. The colours are distinguished and the gemstone's brilliance and luster are outstanding. Morganite’s pink hues can vary, from subtle delicate lavenders to bright almost luminescent fuchsias and even pastel apricot blends and salmon tints. The colours present in a morganite engagement ring can work wonders for complementing skin tones and are particularly well suited for a feminine personality. If you’re concerned about matching the engagement ring to fashion choices, then you need not worry, the stone is neutral enough to accommodate any colour or fashion choice, which is more than can be said for a vibrant opal ring or a bright blue sapphire. Due to morganite’s intense durability, a ring made with the gemstone can withstand the daily wear most engagement or wedding rings would be subjected to.
Morganite Ring Legend
As an engagement ring, morganite is a fantastic choice, it’s high hardness, resilience and delicate range of stunning hues make it one of the most desirable choices out of all the beryl group gems. Regardless of morganite engagement rings undeniable beauty and durability, they are also said to be a powerful stone, one which has the ability to improve the movement of energy around the body. Whether or not you adhere to the Gwyneth Paltrow school of mysticism or not, it still makes for an interesting conversation piece. Legend also states that Beryl was used to ward off demons and evil spirits and that travellers would wear the gem while travelling to keep them safe from danger. There are countless other beliefs around wearing morganite, including the following:
- Provides clarity of thought, relief and a positive attitude during periods of increased stress.
- Facilitates the feeling of love and increased the tenderness in relationships (very important for an engagement ring).
- Aids the development of skills such as communication, patience and the desire to work hard.
- Helps alleviate symptoms related to the respiratory system and increases the availability of oxygen in cells.
- Helps bring good luck, energy, cheerfulness and youthfulness.
Some astrologers advise wearing morganite as a way of protecting against the fast-paced and hectic lives we now all lead. The belief is it provides relief from stress and promotes peace of mind, soul and body. Perhaps the most valuable claim is the fact that it inspires love, in this sense, a morganite engagement ring has a sweet symbolism and adds character to an already fascinating gemstone.
Morganite Care & Cleaning
Morganite is part of the beryl family of gemstones, like emerald and aquamarine, which means it’s softer when compared to the likes of a diamond, and if not cared for correctly, it is possible to scratch. However, the stone is not what could be described as delicate, it’s hard and durable for the most part, morganite therefor only requires minimal specialist care. Periodically after extended periods of ware, the stone will most likely benefit from being polished and buffed in order to restore the original lustre and bring the stone back to its as new condition.
When at home, cleaning can be an effective way of ensuring your ring stays in tip-top condition, but it’s also important to be consistent in your approach. Below are some simple and basic instructions for cleaning your morganite engagement ring, make sure you clean your ring over a basin (not the sink) as the gem can fall out, and the last thing you want to do is scrabble around the floor for it or watch as it disappears down the sinkhole.
- Soak the ring in plain unadulterated warm water for five minutes.
- Using a very soft bristle brush, for example, a child's toothbrush, gently work the brush all around the gem using water with a touch of soap added. Work thoroughly to remove all residue build up.
- Rinse the morganite engagement ring thoroughly with water to remove all traces of soap and dirt.
- Shake of any excess water and gently pat dry with a soft clean cloth or paper towel.
- Wait for the ring to naturally air dry and admire the much cleaner ring.
You can, of course, invest in a specialist cleaning products, just make sure to read the instructions carefully to ensure they are compatible with your rings materials and they’re not going to cause more harm than good. Even if you regularly clean the engagement ring yourself, it’s still recommended to have your ring professionally cleaned once every couple of years. Most of the professional services will polish and buff the morganite as well as the ring mounting, removing any superficial scratches in the process. After a professional clean your ring should look good as new.
Morganite Ring Value
The colour and cut are the two characteristics which have the biggest impact on the value of a morganite gemstone, followed closely by the gems carat size and clarity. A gemstone with a custom cut which works to maximise the colour of the stone, plus its fire and brilliance, will substantially increase the value of the stone.
As an average, a morganite ring made of a gemstone with a custom cut can be found for around the £250 mark, which is a mid-quality stone. Generally speaking, the paler the morganite hue, the less it’s worth, for example, a very pale morganite can be had for much less than £200 a carat. It’s worth noting that less expensive stones are unlikely to increase much in value over the years, but whether or not that’s a consideration when buying an engagement ring is a personal decision. If you’re looking for a gem which is widely considered to be better quality and better coloured, then the highly sought after medium pink morganite stones are recommended. As a rule of thumb, if the pink colour is too light then the gem might look washed out unless it’s of a decent size, and conversely, if the pink colour is too dark then the gem might look oversaturated with colour.
The cost of a morganite does not exponentially increase in price as the carat weight goes up, as it does with the likes of a diamond. This affordability makes the morganite engagement ring especially appealing for future married couples with a budget to consider.
While it’s true that morganites are an affordable and durable gemstone, shoppers are still advised to be wary and smart when looking to purchase a morganite ring. Synthetic morganite is widely available, and while they are a perfectly legitimate shopping choice, they need to be labelled as such. Some unscrupulous merchants sell synthetic morganite under different guises in order to deceive the buyer. Be wary of anyone selling pink emeralds or pink aquamarines, these names are misleading and may, in fact, be artificial morganites. Having said that, if a morganite engagement ring is clearly marked as lab-grown, and you’re comfortable with that fact, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with buying one. They are often considerably cheaper while the quality is often excellent.
To remain safe when buying a morganite ring, consider these tips when making your choice:
- Have the ring appraised by an independent professional jeweller.
- Check the exchange or refund policy.
- Compare the available options and keep in mind the £250 cost per carat for a custom cut gemstone.
You’ll often find morganite jewellery and morganite engagement rings paired with rose gold. Rose gold is certainly a beautiful option, it complements the pink shades of morganite very well, it’s still worth considering other colour options such as yellow gold, silver, palladium or platinum.
If you’re about to embark on the exciting path to a married life, or if you know of someone that’s thinking about starting the next chapter in their life by popping the big question, then we hope you’ve learnt everything you need to know about morganite engagement rings, and respect and love them as much as we do. If you find something you love, leave us a comment or send us a picture and we’d love to feature your store on our website.