Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 10:47 am by Debbie Fox
Soft pink gems are a fashion favorite, especially pink diamonds. But what if you can’t afford a pink diamond for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars? Look to morganite.
Morganites range in color from light pink to salmon pink, resist scratches well, and come in larger sizes at a reasonable price. As transparent gems, morganites are cut in all of the traditional gemstone shapes.
There is some dispute as to where morganite was originally discovered--either in California or Madagascar. But one fact is clear: shortly after its discovery, the gem was named by George Kunz of Tiffany & Co. after their best customer: the wealthy banker and gem collector, J.P. Morgan.
While morganite comes in a range of colors, it is always a lighter, pastel color. Therefore morganites are best suited to larger gemstones and are not the best choice for small accent gems. Some morganites are a true light pink, while others are more lilac or even with a hint of orange. It is also fairly hard (on the Mohs scale a 7.5 - 8.0), which means it will resist scratches well. Morganite is a pink beryl, the same mineral as aquamarine and emerald, just in different colors!
This gem is relatively rare and we would expect it to be more expensive. But morganite has not caught on with the mainstream public, and therefore remains a relative bargain.
Custom engagement ring and wedding set, by Fox Fine Jewelry owner George Fox