Morganite has soared in popularity in the past decade, and it’s become one of the most sought-after engagement ring center stones ! And when you look at this pretty gem it’s no wonder more and more people would love to wear it. Aside from its soft, warm colors morganite carries a very romantic and healing meaning.
So what does morganite mean in your engagement ring ? Can you wear morganite every day ? Will a morganite ring break the bank, and are there other alternatives to this gem if you can’t find one ? Let’s take a look !
Morganite engagement ring meaning
Morganite engagement rings symbolize that you’ve found your one true love. Morganite is all about drawing romantic love and healing into your life, and in an engagement ring it will strengthen the bond you already have with your loved one. Its healing energy will promote calm and compassion in your relationship, allowing you both to work through any disagreements.
This is a very feminine gemstone and actually part of the same family as emeralds and aquamarines ! Morganite is a type of beryl, and as such it used to be regarded in ancient times as a sort of aphrodisiac. So wearing this kind of gem may improve intimacy with your partner, as well as emotional closeness.
Is morganite good for an engagement ring ?
Morganite is a great option for an engagement ring due to its incredibly romantic colors and meaning. It pairs very well with white gemstones such as diamonds, white sapphire, or moissanite. We recommend letting the orange-pink of the morganite be the star of the show here, as bringing another color into the mix can make the whole ring overwhelming.
Can morganite be worn every day ?
Morganite can be worn every day as it has a Mohs rating of 7.5-8, which places it in the ‘wearable’ zone. Be mindful that it may still chip or scratch, as it’s a softer stone. This means you may have to take it off for things like cleaning, doing the dishes, gardening, or any sort of work that uses your hands a lot.
There are people who wear their morganite rings every day and don’t have a problem, and there are those wo have found chips and scratches in a few years. It’s a matter of lifestyle and luck.
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Is morganite a birthstone ?
Morganite is a modern birthstone, for the month of November. The traditional stone for November is topaz, and you could make a combination of both stones if you’d like something to tie in the old with the new.
This also makes morganite a very great option for an engagement ring, if:
- your loved one is born in November
- the engagement or wedding will take place in November
- one of you has strong ties to November, such as a child or when you met
Does morganite get cloudy ?
Yes, morganite can get cloudy due to scratches and grime that build up with daily wear. The grime can easily be remove with a very soft toothbrush and warm soapy water. Simply dip the soft toothbrush in the soapy water and gently scrub at the morganite in all the possible angles, making sure to get behind the prongs and under the stone if possible. Pat dry with a clean, dry towel.
As for the scratches you can bring the ring to a jeweler to be re-polished every few years.
Does morganite fade in sunlight ?
Yes, morganite may fade in color when exposed to constant sunlight, such as daily wear. This is because most morganite on the market has been treated to enhance its color, like sapphires. Morganites are already pinkish-orange but this irradiation treatment deepens the color. The treatment is not permanent. The color can fade when the gem is exposed to the sun’s rays, which is another type of radiation that typically bleaches colors. Morganite owes its original pinkish-orange hue to traces of manganese.
Is morganite expensive ?
Morganite is not a very expensive gemstone, as a very well colored and faceted 1 ct morganite is around $300. For comparison, a clear (white) diamond of the same weight and clarity would be $3000, more or less depending on the cut.
So morganite is actually a very affordable gemstone for an engagement ring, especially if you’re looking for a large center stone. What is usually more expensive in a morganite ring is the surrounding stones, such as smaller carat diamonds. And morganite is usually set in rose gold, as it enhances morganite’s pinkish-orange hue.
Morganite alternatives to consider
If you’d like alternatives to morganite that are more expensive or more durable – higher on the Mohs scale – here is a list of what you may look for. Some of these are actually affordable and some are very premium. So take a look at your other options aside from morganite, as we’ve based our picks on color and clarity.
Pink diamonds are probably the first option that came to your mind as well. Now, pink diamonds are still diamonds so they will score a 10 on the Mohs scale. This means no chipping, no scratches. For something that’s supposed to be worn every single day, a diamond is as durable as it gets.
Diamonds come with a (high) price, and pink diamond come even higher. The thing is, pink diamonds are not as common as white diamonds, so getting one will be an adventure, but it’s very much worth the hunt. There is clarity, sparkle, fire, and the prestige that comes with owning a diamond.
If you’d like to simply appear to own a diamond, moissanite will do the job just fine, for a fraction of the price but a Mohs rating that is almost as good (9.25). Or, you could go with a lab-grown diamond as those are far easier to find in fancy colors (any other color than white).
Sapphires come in various colors, and this does include those ranging from golden-peach to pink. So finding a peach, coral, orange-pink sapphire will not be a big issue, bit it will cost you quite a bit. In fact a peach sapphire is just a Padparadscha sapphire with less color saturation. And padparadscha sapphires are very expensive and the rarest sapphire on the planet. How much for one carat ? A little over $1500 per carat, which is about as much as a high quality blue sapphire.
In terms of hardness these peach sapphires are still corundum, so they score a 9 on the Mohs scale. Still very durable and will hold up nicely for decades, if not centuries. Meaning you will likely have the option of passing it on to your grandchildren if you so choose.
This is the rarest and most expensive sort of topaz, and it comes in shades of orange-pink-gold. Some may flash a bit more red, some a bit more gold, depending on what particular gemstone you’ve found. Notice how amazingly popular this color range is in expensive gems ?
A 1ct imperial topaz can fetch around $1000, as these gems come with exceptional clarity so there are not noticeable inclusions or cloudy parts in the gem. In terms of hardness an imperial topaz is like any other topaz, so it scores a 8 on the Mohs scale. Not very different from morganite, true, but it comes with more prestige and a stronger color (if that’s what you’re looking for).
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