Morganite for the Millennial
It’s no secret Morganites have become an increasingly popular centre stone of choice for today’s brides-to-be. They’re elegant, chic and look beautiful, especially when paired with rose gold. Pink engagement rings are also favoured amongst celebrities including Katy Perry, Blake Lively, Lady Gaga and Princess Eugenie just to name a few! Their rings feature pink stones ranging from soft pale to vivid pink. If you’re considering a Morganite as your forever stone but a little unsure of what designs they suit, or suffering from the internal dilemma between the classic and traditional diamond or a Morganite, we’ve got you covered. Here are all your questions and concerns answered which will hopefully put your mind at ease!
First of all, can someone please tell me what a Morganite is?
Morganite is a semi-precious coloured gemstone and is the rare pink form of beryl, a mineral family also including Emerald and Aquamarine. Initially discovered in Madagascar, Morganites are now also sourced from Brazil and the United States. They are commonly seen in ring designs displaying pastel pink shades and rose but are also found in darker and saturated tones of peach, orange and salmon. Nine times out of ten, the gem is heat treated to improve its colour. The result of heat treatment drives away any yellow tinge and impurities. Ultimately, achieving it’s purest colour and ensuring it won’t fade over time. Furthermore, Morganites are known as the universal stone of unconditional love! Maybe that well-known saying should be Morganites are Forever?
How much does a Morganite cost?
So, you’ve had your heart set on a gorgeous engagement ring featuring a 1.50ct Pink Diamond oval, and thought, maybe in another lifetime? Look no further than a Morganite. It is a fantastic alternative, they’re luxe and striking in appearance and cost significantly less. Just like any other stone, be aware that its carat weight, colour and clarity will affect the gem’s total value. Morganites are available across a range of prices, starting anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. We recommend determining your budget first and start your journey from there. You’ll certainly be able to find a gorgeous stone without breaking the bank.
What Designs Suit a Morganite?
Morganites have really hit the engagement ring scene with a bang and have become a favoured centre stone of choice amongst Millennial brides-to-be. They measure 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs Scale, the highest being a diamond with a rating of 10. They hold up remarkably well with general wear and tear, making the gemstone a leading diamond alternative.
The Morganite’s feminine and fearless shades of pink and peach hit the mark perfectly for the one who wants something a little different. Due to the colour range of Morganites, it’s unique colour can really set the mood for the type of ring design it will suit. For example, you may come across a stone vivid in colour doesn’t need anything to distract from its distinctive tone and a classic solitaire will suit it just beautifully. Whereas the softer and delicate shades of blush pink, peach and rose can look distinctively vintage coupled with a compass setting and mill grain detailing.
Regarding metal choice, while yellow and white gold both suit a Morganite well but it’s hard to beat rose gold. This duo naturally go together like pancakes and maple syrup. Rose gold enhances the Morganite’s colour and intensity flawlessly, while also acting as a supporting background if the stone is a little transparent. Due to Morganites being relatively affordable, you may also like to treat yourself to some matching bridal jewellery such as a pair of earrings or a necklace!
Diamond VS Morganite
At the end of the day, when it comes down to deciding between the two as your centre stone, the choice belongs to the wearer. What you feel is more ‘you’. While a Diamond does have its pros such as durability and scratch resistance, don’t feel pressured to follow the herd. Although a Morganite does require a little extra TLC as they can appear dirty quite easily. A quick and easy clean with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush will keep it looking sparkly and new. Remember, the two don’t necessarily have to be in rivalry with one another, you can always have both! A Morganite centre stone featuring a diamond halo or a matching pair of side stones can give you the best of both worlds. Another factor to consider is your budget and design. If you’re a gal who’s more focused on achieving a larger carat size (and there’s absolutely no shame in that!) We would recommend opting for a Morganite.
Morganites have certainly made their mark as a competitive centre stone contender for engagement rings and we can see why! They’re pretty in pink and are the perfect alternative to a Pink Diamond, Sapphire and your traditional white Diamond. If you are still feeling torn, it is well worth seeing a selection of Morganites and Diamonds in person. This will make all the difference in the world. The team at Larsen Jewellery can provide advice, discuss design options and, most importantly of all, show you a range of Morganites and Diamonds ranging in cut, colour and clarity.