Diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend — especially when it comes to engagement rings. Though they’re almost certainly the hallmark of traditional rings, a wide variety of diamond-alternatives are available today. This includes morganite, which is known for its light pink color.
According to Vox, morganite is “a variety of beryl, a clear mineral that forms in hexagonal crystals.” The stone dates back to 1910, when it was first discovered in Madagascar by George F. Kunz, Tiffany & Co.’s chief gemologist. Kunz also worked closely with J.P. Morgan, and because the banker collected gems, Kunz named the stone after him.
Today, morganite is one of the most popular non-diamond stones for engagement rings. The stone is also extremely affordable, with a single carat costing around $300 compared to $2,000 or more for a diamond, per Vox.
Check out a few of our favorite morganite rings below!
Pink Morganite Gold Ring, 14k Wheat Ring ($1,080)
This online eco-jewelry boutique uses recycled metals and ethically mined gemstones to create gorgeous rings like this one.
You don’t have to completely give up diamonds for a morganite engagement ring. Opt for one like this, which boasts a diamond-encrusted band.
Handmade by an Etsy shop owner who lives in Virginia, this morganite ring is made even prettier its various side stones.
If unique is your goal, this ring — handcrafted in a four-prong setting — is it.
Make a statement with this 14K rose gold ring.
Speaking of statement rings… this one-of-a-kind Suzanne Kalan ring combines color and sparkle, with its oval morganite stone framed in round white diamonds.
A distinctive band, a giant morganite stone, and small surrounding diamonds make up this breathtaking ring.
As part of the Bucherer Peekaboo collection, and created in collaboration with designer Yunjo Lee, this ring is perfectly timeless.
Morganite Ring Emerald Cut ($548)
This show-stopping morganite ring is available in white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold.
SEE MORE: 11 Unique Wedding Rings For Every Budget
Comprised of three 18K rose gold cocktail rings, this stunner boasts a 2.14 carat faceted round morganite.
Morganite and Aquamarine Ring ($2,200)
The pink morganite in this ring is complimented by gorgeous blue aquamarine embellishments.
Pink Morganite Ring ($1,052)
The morganite in this handmade ring can be set in a variety of shapes, from octagon cabochon to marquise.
Variance Objects sets out to make jewelry that highlights the natural beauty of raw materials, and that’s exactly what they did with this exquisite ring.
David Yurman Chatelaine ($5,800)
From David Yurman’s Châtelaine Collection, this ring’s faceted round morganite is topped off with an 18-karat rose gold band.
MISUI 18K Rose Gold Morganite Ring ($5,450)
Both the faceted shape of this MISUI ring and its polished pink color beautifully refract any sort of light.