what is morganite?

Desired for its enchanting blush tones and exceptional clarity, morganite has become a popular engagement ring choice for modern brides-to-be. This pretty-in-pink gem is a striking symbol of romance that matches beautifully with all metal types. However it’s set, morganite is a head-turner of a gem with many coveted characteristics. Here’s everything you need to know about this uniquely beautiful stone.

what is a morganite stone?

A lovely semi-precious stone, morganite belongs to the beryl mineral family, which also includes the more well-known beryls emerald and aquamarine. Available in a range of hues that include pink, peach, purple, rose and salmon, morganite was first discovered along the coast of Madagascar in 1911. Fun fact: Morganite gets its name from famed American banker J.P. Morgan, who had a lifelong love of gemstones and made significant gemstone gifts to museums around the world.

Over the decades, these brightly hued gems have become increasingly popular because of their spectrum of gorgeous colors. This vibrant stone has a lot of personality and a look that won't go out of style, making it especially sought-after in contemporary engagement rings. This rare and uniquely alluring stone is sometimes referred to as the “pink emerald”. It’s also affordable, making the stone a savvy option for budget-conscious shoppers in search of impactful engagement rings and gorgeous fashion jewelry like earrings and pendants.

morganite properties

With a high ranking on the Mohs Hardness Scale, morganite is a durable gem that’s well-suited for everyday wear. As a beryl, the stone is transparent with a vitreous luster. It’s also relatively free of noticeable inclusions, giving it a beautiful, clear appearance. With its endearing pinkish hue, morganite is often associated with sweetness, innocence, romance and love.

morganite gemstones vs. diamonds

Diamonds are a timeless choice for engagement rings. Morganite is also an alluring choice for brides who want a unique look. But when it comes to choosing between the two, it all comes down to your priorities.


Morganite ranks 7.5 to 8 on the 10-point Mohs Hardness Scale, while a diamond, by comparison, is a 10. Morganite’s score is still considered high, which means that morganite engagement rings can last a lifetime with proper care.


Diamonds have a higher refractive index than morganite, allowing them to capture and reflect light in a bigger way. While it’s hard to compete with a diamond’s classic sparkle, morganite is also a fabulous option for brides who want to express their one-of-a-kind style.

how to care for your morganite engagement ring

We recommend using warm, soapy water to clean your morganite engagement ring, as it is the safest cleaning method for morganite gems. Be sure to keep it away from heat—heat exposure is not recommended for morganite rings. The good news is that its color should remain stable under light exposure, meaning it won’t fade over time.

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