If you seek a custom necklace, bracelet, or engagement ring, you may want to consider morganite. It has exploded in popularity over the past several years, appearing all across Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media platforms. But what makes this stone so special? Read on to learn more about why we love morganite.
Known for its rosy color, hardness, and luster, morganite makes a beautiful diamond alternative. For modern couples seeking a unique engagement ring, morganite works beautifully. A relatively new semi-precious gemstone, it was discovered by George Kunz, a famed geologist who worked with Tiffany & Co., in 1910. Morganite is a type of beryl, the key gem mineral also found in emerald and aquamarine; for this reason, morganite is occasionally referred to as pink emerald.
Morganite is typically pastel in tone, ranging from pure pink to salmon to peachy orange. Often, morganite undergoes heat treatment in order to remove yellow undertones; this results in a clearer, purer rose hue. However, some may prefer the orange tones found in unheated morganite and may opt for an untreated raw cut stone. Most morganite ranges from 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale which means it is hard enough to be durable for daily wear, even in rings. Cut and polished morganite is brilliant with a high degree of clarity. Faceting enhances its radiance as well.
Since morganite is such a hard stone, it requires minimal upkeep. Should you choose to clean it, warm, soapy water and a soft brush will do the trick. For morganite rings worn daily, we recommend polishing it every three to five years.
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