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Cushion cut morganite gemstones featured in rose gold drop earrings

Morganite Guide

Velvety shades of soft pink mark this gemstone as one of a kind. Morganite is demure and graceful with subtle winks of changing color that will leave you blushing in its wake. These seductive gems attract love and deep connection into the wearer’s life.

What is morganite?

Morganite is a member of the beryl family and cousin to the lustrous emerald. Pastel pink, peachy pink and bright flamingo pink are the signature colors of this gentle gem. When you observe it at different angles, morganite shines pale pink to a deeper, bluish pink—a phenomenon called pleochroism. Morganite is most commonly mined in Brazil, but deposits are occasionally found in the US, Afghanistan and Mozambique.
A cushion cut morganite gemstone set in a rose gold cocktain ring
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via Wikimedia Commons / Cropped from original 

Mineral: Beryl 

Origins: Brazil 

Symbols: Compassion, Joy, Peace 

Properties: Tolerance, Joy, Stability 

Durability: 7.5 to 8


ENHANCEMENTS

 
Heated to improve color and clarity 

CARE

 
Basic Gemstone Care 

SIMILAR GEMSTONES

 




Rose Quartz
A morganite gemstone in unpolished crystal form

What to Look for in Morganite

 
Quality morganite has an even hue and rich saturation. Keep these factors in mind when looking for beautiful morganite jewelry.

COLOR

 
Gemstone color is often the most important factor in determining its value. The most desirable morganite is a medium to strong pink, which is often the result of heat treatment. Recently, untreated morganite—which boasts a gorgeous vivid coral color, has gained popularity. 

An Illustration of 3 differently colored gemstones from the side


CUT

 
The cut of a gemstone is what gives it symmetry and shows off the stone’s color and brilliance. Morganite is a versatile gem that lends itself beautifully to any cut. Popular cuts for morganite include cushion, emerald and designer cuts. 

An Illustration of a well-cut gemstone from the side


CLARITY

 
Gemstone clarity is determined by any inclusions embedded in the gem, such as gas bubbles, fractures or small crystals. Morganite is considered an “eye-clean” gemstone, meaning any inclusions present aren’t visible to the naked eye. 

An Illustration of a gemstone with very few inclusions from the side


SIZE (CARAT)

 
While diamonds are valued based on carat weight, gemstone size is based on diameter in millimeters. Morganite is easy to find in larger sizes, so prices aren’t likely to go up significantly based on its size. 

An illustration of a gemstone from the side with a ruler over the gem's table


ENHANCEMENT

 
Untreated morganite tends to have an orange or yellow tinge, and gemstone enhancements like heat treatments are almost always used to bring out the strong pinks that morganite is known for. These treatments are permanent, undetectable and don’t harm the stone. 

An illustration of a gemstone being treated with oiling enhancement method

HARDNESS & WEARABILITY

Morganite has a Mohs hardness rating of 7.5 to 8, meaning it’s fairly resistant to scratching and chipping. As with all gemstones, basic precautions and regular maintenance will keep your jewelry looking its best.
The Moh's hardness scale showing opal at 5, emerald at 7.5, topaz at 8, ruby at 9, and diamond at 10

Choosing the Right Morganite Jewelry

 
Morganite’s elegant blushing tones make it an idyllic match for rose gold — especially surrounded by a shimmering halo of diamonds. A morganite engagement ring is a stunning choice, and with proper care and careful wear, it will withstand everyday rigors.

Famous Morganite Gemstones

 
Morganite was discovered in the early 1900’s by renowned jewelers Tiffany and Company. It was called pink beryl until a chief gemologist working for Tiffany’s suggested they name it after J.P. Morgan, financier, philanthropist and gemstone enthusiast extraordinaire.

How to Care for Your Morganite Jewelry

Caring for your morganite jewelry is simple with our gemstone cleaning and care guide. Storing your jewelry when you’re not wearing it and checking often for damaged and loose stones will keep your morganite pieces in top condition. If your gems are in need of some extra attention, we offer free cleaning and repair services on all of our morganite jewelry.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GEMSTONES

Do you like your gems soft and understated or bold and flashy? There’s a gemstone out there for every taste and personality. Learn more about all the dazzling possibilities in our helpful gemstone education guide.

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