Morganite is the third most popular gemstone to get engaged with at the moment, after the classic diamond, and regal sapphire. The delicate, girly color of morganite speaks to many brides. It offers a large bridal look for an affordable price. It is a durable, rich stone, and let’s be honest… women love pink. It’s no wonder women are saying “yes” to Morganite.
Morganite is the pretty, peachy-pink variety of beryl and cousin to more familiar species of beryl like emerald and aquamarine. After its discoveries in California and Madagascar in the early 20th century by Mr. Tiffany, this pink gemstone was renamed Morganite, in honor of financier and gem enthusiast J. P. Morgan. Morganite has many redeeming qualities, including durability, luster, clarity and brilliance. Though there are also small deposits in Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, and Russia, quality morganite remains relatively rare. Ironically, it is morganite’s rarity that keeps it relatively affordable, since there aren’t enough standard-sized stones available for use in manufactured jewelry.
Color: It is found in varied shades of pink. The color appears owing to the presence of manganese impurities in trace amounts in the chemical composition of the crystal. A few stones also occur in purple or slight orange/yellow in color. This change in color takes place because of the change in the concentration of impurities of manganese and iron. It is an important aspect to judge the quality of the genuine stone. The stone possessing bright and intense color should selected over the pale and dull look.
Cut: Cut is the second most important factor to determine the quality. It is cut into many different styles and shapes. New shapes are created by the modern efficient cutter while the old traditional shapes always exists such as pear, round, oval, square, heart, marquise, emerald and so on. A small number of stones exhibit cat’s eye effect when cut and polished into cabochons.
Clarity: Flaws and inclusions are almost always present in this gemstone. It always carries fine inclusions in its crystal system. A few stones might have large flaws that are clearly visible by the naked eye. These stones are of very poor quality and should be avoided as much as possible. An absolutely eye clean stone is rarely found in nature.
Note to our future brides: when determining the quality of a morganite, two things are important the color is the most important. Note that this gemstone should be selected in as large a size as possible, for it is only above a certain size that the beauty of its color really comes into its own. The rule which says ‘the more transparent, the more valuable’ only applies to a certain extent, for there are plenty of women who would prefer a morganite with fine inclusions like pure silk. What is certain is that the cut really is a decisive factor, for only a high-quality cut will allow the subtle color of the morganite to shine out.