Morganite is a beautiful, soft pink gemstone and an expression of elegance. It’s increasingly becoming popular as a choice of jewelry among both sexes due to its high durability and affordability, especially allowing for its rarity.
A member of the beryl family, morganite shows a range of pink colors due to traces of manganese. It is pastel or pale in color by nature and known for its transparent peach-pink shade though it also occurs as soft pink, violet-pink, or pale salmon. Also, strong color in morganite is rare, and gems usually have to be large to achieve the finest color. Like most beryls, morganite makes an excellent jewelry stone.
How Morganite Distinguishes from Other Gemstones
Here are a few of the gemological properties of morganite to understand:
- Its durability is rated as excellent.
- Its hardness is 7.5 – 8.0 on the Mohs hardness scale which is comparable to emerald, topaz, and spinel.
- Its refractive index is 1.560 – 1.600, and its specific gravity is 2.67 – 2.90.
These characteristics help identify morganite as beryl and distinguish it from other pink gemstones.
Determining The Perfect Color
As you may know, the most important factor in determining the value of a colored gemstone is: Color.
Medium light to medium pink, clean stones with custom cuts are the most valuable. Very light and included stones are on the lower end of the value spectrum. As morganite frequently occurs in larger crystals, the increase in price with size is very even. Surprisingly, smaller morganites, if they show good color, can be more valuable than larger ones.
Morganite is commonly heat treated to remove yellow and orange hues and to achieve a purely pink stone. This type of enhancement has an excellent stability rating, and the stone requires no special treatment once it has been enhanced.
Morganite is a Type2 gemstone, which means they are usually found with few inclusions. The best quality morganite is “clean” and free of visible inclusions of any kind. It exhibits an attractive vitreous lustre when cut and polished. Morganite engagement rings with highest clarity grades are considered more admired and valued.
Some Popular Morganite Jewelries
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Morganite as a power gem is full of vivacious qualities. It is said to be powerful stone which unravels the obstructions in the body and enables free flow of energy due to its natural tendency to bring love to the wearer. Morganite is also believed to balance emotions and bring harmonizing fulfillment as it releases any blocks to the channels or chakras of the body. Consequently, the wearer experiences compassion, self-control and love towards fellow beings.
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