Of late, pink rocks have become a top choice when it comes to engagement rings. Who doesn’t want to join the league of stars such as Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez and sport a gigantic pink diamond?
While pink diamonds aren’t within most of our budgets, morganites offer a great alternative. A semi-precious stone, morganite works very well as the center stone of an engagement ring with its distinct pink hues and impressive sparkle.
Let’s take a look at why a morganite engagement ring could be the right option for you.
Made of fine stuff
You all know the high reputation an emerald has as a gemstone. What you may not know is that morganite is made of the same stuff. Both morganites and emeralds come from the beryl family and are aluminium berrylium silicates.
Morganite is also called a rose beryl or pink emerald, taking these names from its distinct color. It is the salmon-pink version of beryl with its color resulting from traces of manganese and/or cesium present during its formation.
A distinct yet neutral color
Typically pale pink or salmon-pink in color, the most popular morganite hues are pink or rose-tinted. You can choose which shade you prefer, as there is no right or wrong about this. It depends on what you think is beautiful!
One of the best things about morganite’s soft feminine hue is that it is a perfect accompaniment to most fashion choices meaning that you don’t have to worry about matching the color of your ring to your outfits.
By contrast, an emerald or a blue sapphire ring can often clash with your outfit due to their strong color. Morganites are distinct without being too loud or brash, making it a classic fashion choice.
A durable-ish stone
When you wear a ring every day, it needs to be durable enough to withstand daily knocks and shocks. No one will dispute that a diamond is the best stone of choice when it comes to durability as it ranks supreme at 10 on the hardness scale. But a morganite is not too far behind.
Morganite has a ranking of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. While this means that any material with an equal or harder ranking can potentially damage a morganite, it also means that it is sufficiently durable for daily wear.
Of course you would have to take care of the stone, clean it regularly to remove any build-up and have it professionally maintained approximately once a year to keep it lasting through the decades. You may, however, need to replace the gemstone if it gets too damaged.
You will need to protect it from tough knocks and bumps and keep it away from harsh chemicals. If this effort sounds like it is worth it for the love of a morganite, then go for it!
Affordable but not dirt cheap
You get what you pay for and it is important to note that high quality morganite is not cheap. If you are looking for cheap, then a pink cubic zirconia would be more suited to your search.
Morganite is relatively affordable when compared to stones such as pink diamonds or pink sapphires. This means that you can select a high quality morganite of a greater carat size and still be saving money.
This also means that although morganite is not as durable as a diamond or sapphire, replacing the stone will cost significantly less.
Did you know that morganite is seen as a symbol of inspiring and maintaining love? What better symbolism for a rock worn to boast your engagement to the love of your life!
This might sound a bit corny or tacky to the practical types among you, but for those of us that love a bit of romance, this gives more reason to own a morganite!
Check out our infographic below that summarises all the reasons that make a morganite stand out as a choice gemstone for your engagement ring.