Morganite engagement rings are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Not only are the rare light pink stones beautiful, but you can get one for substantially less per carat than a diamond engagement ring. For example, while morganites tend start around $300 per carat (depending on cut/color, etc.), a diamond can range between $3,000-$26,000 per carat, which will also jump up substantially in price the larger the stone. (And that price also goes up depending on the 4 C’s.) With that said, given that morganites are still fairly rare, they are not necessarily an inexpensive stone…it just seems like that when you compare their cost directly to diamonds.
Discovered in Madagascar in 1910, the stone (which is in the Beryl family, along with Emerald and Aquamarine. Morganite is the pink version while Emerald is the green) was bought in large quantities by Tiffany gemologist G. F. Kunz. He suggested the stone be named after one of his best customers–financier J.P. Morgan–and hence the name Morganite was born. While the most common colors of morganite are light pink to rose, orange/yellow varieties have also been found. The bigger the morganite the more vibrant the color, which is why you won’t typically find a Morganite smaller than 1 carat. Like diamonds, you want to make sure that your Morganite has a certificate of authenticity from a reputable laboratory (like GIA or AGS).
One thing to keep in mind with Morganites is that while they are a 7.5-8 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale (a diamond is a 10), you do have to be careful with it to protect against scratching and chipping. The best setting to keep it secure is a halo setting vs. solitaire. It’s also worth noting that morganite has a tendency to get cloudy, so clean your engagement ring with a soft toothbrush and some soapy water to keep it looking it’s best.
Now let’s get to the pretty stuff…the pictures! Below are a few of my recent favorite Morganite engagement rings. While chain stores will often carry Morganite engagement rings, I wouldn’t shy away from reputable Etsy sellers for unique settings (as long as they include certification and have great reviews). Pricing/seller information for the rings below listed where available.
Let me know which ones are your favorite in the comments section!