Morganite Engagement Ring

Morganite is a pale pink to peach coloured beryl mineral, in the family of emerald and aquamarine. Morganite engagement rings are often wanted for their exceptional clarity and unique appearance. We need to state clearly that Morganite is not a diamond as it is often referred to in rings as “Morganite diamond ring”. It was discovered in Madagascar in 1910 by George F. Kunz, the chief gemmologist at Tiffany & Co. and the personal gemmologist of banker J.P. Morgan. Morgan was an avid gem collector; Kunz named the new pink stone in his honour. Interest in morganite engagement rings may have started in 2002, when Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez with a 6.1 carat pink diamond.

Pink picked up more momentum when Apple introduced its now iconic rose gold iPhone in 2013 and Pantone named “Marsala” — an earthy red hue that morganite compliments beautifully

— the 2015 Colour of the Year. Fashion trends aside, pink has long been related to love, romance, femininity and tenderness – so it’s not surprising that pink gems have an irresistible appeal. The colour pink also flatters any skin tone. Is Morganite a good choice for engagement rings? Morganite engagement rings are trending – and permanently reason. Morganite is a beautiful, durable and a comparatively affordable pink/peach gemstone. It has also benefited from a lot of buzz. Here’s what you would like to understand about morganite engagement rings.

Fashion trends aside, pink has long been associated with love, romance, femininity and tenderness – so it’s not surprising that pink gems have an irresistible appeal.

The colour pink also flatters any skin tone. Morganite is a 7.5 to eight on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes a morganite ring suitable for everyday wear, although it is not as durable as harder gems like diamond or ruby and sapphire. The affordability of morganite engagement rings – especially compared to pink diamonds – puts the look accessible of brides-to-be. It is easy to ascertain why morganite engagement rings, especially those with rose gold settings, became so popular. You might want to add a bit of drama to your morganite ring it. Morganite and diamonds form an elegant combination.

The brilliance of the diamonds creates a dramatic contrast to the subtle blush of the morganite engagement ring

Diamonds in a stunning halo setting or flanking morganite as side stones are two can’t-fail choices. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when selecting diamonds for your morganite engagement ring: * The diamonds will probably reflect some of the pink of the morganite and may end up with a pinkish appearance. * Diamonds that have a hint of yellow or brown will complement the morganite, making for a softer look, especially in rose gold settings. * Diamonds that are more colourless will contrast with the morganite, making for a bolder look. What qualities should I look for in my Morganite? 

As you opt for a morganite ring, keep in mind the following pointers for selecting the right gem. Colour: The most prized morganite colours are strong pink, often the result of heat treatment. Untreated material, especially from Brazil, could also be a salmon-like orangy pink. Morganite’s colour is commonly pale, increasing in intensity with the dimensions of the stone. Darker colours are usually more desired and thus cost more. Morganite is nearly always heat treated to enhance its pink colour.

Heat drives off the yellow or orange tinge, leaving a purer and more attractive pink

The treatment is not detectable, and the resulting colour is stable and won’t fade unless exposed to temperatures over 400°C. Clarity: Faceted morganite often doesn’t have eye visible inclusions, though they are more likely to be present in larger sizes.

Stones with numerous eye visible inclusions are usually carved or cut as cabochons.

Liquid inclusions (liquid trapped in what were once voids within the gem) and fractures are two sorts of internal features which may be visible to the naked eye. Liquid inclusions tend to have irregular shapes. A fracture seems like a bright, shiny flat surface.

It’s worth mentioning again that faceted morganite usually does not have eye-visible inclusions.

Cut: the shape of a morganite gem should have minimal effect on its beauty.

Like a diamond, a morganite engagement ring can be attractive as a round brilliant, emerald cut, cushion cut, marquise cut, pear cut or oval cut. Light colour material might be cut slightly deep to help intensify the colour. Morganite may be a popular material for unique fantasy cuts and carvings. Carat weight: Although available (and affordable) in large stones, morganite is often cut in calibrated sizes to fit common jewellery mountings. This means that the stone would be cut in full millimetre sizes, such as 6mm, 8mm for rounds or 8mm x10mm for ovals, cushions and pears. We strongly recommend to our client not to purchase a stone smaller than 5mm without viewing it first. You might be disappointed as the smaller the stone the paler the colour becomes.

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