Morganite is a gem that is definitely trending right now. It’s a popular choice as an engagement ring stone for many feminine brides.
What Is Morganite?
Morganite is the light pink variety of beryl and sometimes it is referred to as “pink emerald“.
Morganite was first discovered in Madagascar in 1910 and was known as “pink beryl”. Later, a famous American gemologist George F. Kunz renamed it “morganite” in honour of an American banker and gemstone collector John Pierpont Morgan.
Morganite’s colour can range from pale pink to violet, salmon and peach. It has a very good hardness rating of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale and usually comes with excellent clarity, brilliance and lustre.
This gem can be found in many locations worldwide, but the two most significant deposits are found in Brazil and Madagascar.
Morganite colour ranges from pale pink to pink, peachy pink, peach, salmon or violet-pink. Most stones come in very pale or pastel colours, while vivid or intense colours are very rare.
The most desirable colour is considered pure pink, however peachy and salmon coloured gems have been in very high demand recently. Another highly sought after colour by collectors is magenta morganite from Madagascar.
These gems often come unheated and unenhanced. However, many stones today may be treated to improve colour and remove yellowish tones.
Morganite is considered to be a stone of love. They say it carries an energy that can warm the soul of the wearer and can help cleanse the body of stress and anxiety.
For women, morganite is believed to encourage feelings of independence and harmony. It is believed to help with asthma, heart and lung disorders.
Morganite and Jewellery
Morganite is excellent for jewellery since it’s considered very affordable and it has outstanding transparency, good hardness, durability and brilliance.
Due to its soft colour, this gem is perfect for everyday wear and can be worn as engagement rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets etc. This pink beauty looks fantastic set into silver, white, yellow or rose gold.
Morganite Jewellery Care and Cleaning
Morganites are sensitive to pressure and vulnerable to household chemicals, that’s why you should avoid wearing morganite jewellery when using chemicals like bleach.
Remember to remove your morganite jewellery before exercising, cleaning or other physical activity since this gem can be easily scratched by other harder materials.
To clean your pink beauty use warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Make sure you have rinsed it well to remove all soap.
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