There’s a new gemstone taking the world by storm. It’s pink, it’s pretty and, if you’re on Pinterest, you’ll have seen thousands of antique rose-gold designs featuring this gem.
Morganite is a relatively new addition to the list of recognized gemstones and as more and more retail jewelers start promoting it, it’s only natural that it should start increasing in popularity.
But, what is Morganite and where does it come from?
Mineralogically speaking, Morganite is part of the Beryl family of gems, a collection whose most famous members are emerald and aquamarine. Discovered in Madagascar in 1910, it was intitially known as “Pink Beryl” but was renamed Morganite at the end of 1911, in honour of renowned American banker and avid gem collector J.P. Morgan.
Morganite is a pastel-coloured gemstone and naturally exhibits a variety of colours ranging from pale pink to violet, peach or salmon colours. It’s these colours that have made Morganite a natural fit for setting in rose gold, where the copper and rose undertones of the gold naturally bring out and complement the beautiful pastel colours of Morganite.
Unlike it’s gemstone neighbor emerald, Morganite generally occurs as a “clean” stone with very few natural inclusions or imperfections, leading to very good gemstone clarity. Due to Morganite exhibiting distinct pleochroism (different colours visible in different crystal orientations), crystals have to be orientated carefully for cutting and polishing.
Like many gemstones, most Morganite has been heat-treated, in this case to remove yellow and orange tinges and to improve the pink colour. Morganite has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the mineral hardness scale, making it harder than tanzanite, but softer than emeralds, sapphires and diamonds.
Morganite is mined in a number of locations around the world, but Mozambique, Madagascar and Namibia are key sources in Africa.
Like any gemstone, Morganite should be treated with care and although Morganite is currently popular in engagement rings, and is more suitable in rings than Tanzanite, you’ll want to look after your Morganite engagement ring a little more carefully than you would need to if it was a sapphire or diamond engagement ring.
If you’re looking for a Morganite ring or some Morganite jewellery in South Africa, Katannuta Diamonds has a large selection of loose Morganite gems from which you can design your own ring. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more cost-effective option, please feel free to take a look at our range of pre-set Morganite jewellery, which includes earrings, rings and pendants.
For viewing of any of the pre-made items or to set an appointment to discuss your exact Morganite jewellery needs, please contact us today for personalized attention.