Morganite: the new belle
Morganite; fresh, gorgeous, and considered to bring compassion and assurance according to the world of gemstone lore. Morganite is the subtle pink cousin to beryl emerald and aquamarine, earning its charming peachy colour due to the presence of manganese. Feminine in essence, morganite is quickly becoming the new gemstone for unique engagement rings; ranking at a 7.5 to an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, morganite lasts just as long with care, and shines with as much vibrancy as the classic diamond.
And although belonging to the beryl family, morganite is relatively free of inclusions, a factor which is more pronounced in emeralds and aquamarines. Being inclusions-free, morganite is a gemstone that is easier to care for and produces a much clearer result, most often forming beautiful hexagonal prisms. Ranging from pastel pinks to blushing roses, morganite can also be heat-treated to deepen its colour.
Ultimately, morganite is a pleasure to behold and to care for, despite being relatively rare. Once simply called the ‘pink beryl’ in the early 20th century, it was renamed in honour of a well-known banker called J. Pierpont Morgan, an avid collector and admirer of the beautiful gemstone. Although having small deposits mostly found in Brazil, Namibia, Afghanistan, Mozambique and Russia, morganite still remains a considerably rare gemstone, adding to its novelty.
Known as the stone of Divine Love, it’s no secret why morganite is becoming the new engagement gemstone. Durable and unique, morganite brings love and empathy in the form of exquisite beauty, making any handcrafted jewellery piece a once in a lifetime treasure.