When looking for a more unconventional engagement ring, many brides-to-be have their eyes on morganite. The sparkling pink gemstone is an on-trend alternative to the traditional diamond, and it boasts its fair share of advantages over your typical engagement ring. Rest assured, this beautiful and feminine stone will make just as much of a statement as any glittering diamond.
What Is Morganite?
Morganite is a pink semiprecious stone in the beryl family. The hue can range from orange to coral to salmon to subtle pink, although you’ll notice light peachy pink is the most common.
It might be trending at the moment, but morganite certainly isn’t new. It was first discovered on the coast of Madagascar in 1910. “The name ‘morganite’ was first suggested for a variety of pink beryl by George Frederick Kunz, in honor of the financier J.P. Morgan,” explains certified diamontologist Kim Kanary. “This was due to his love of gemstones and in appreciation of his important gem gifts to various museums around the world.”
Pros and Cons of Morganite Engagement Rings
Morganite has become a popular choice for brides looking for an alternative to the traditional diamond. Of course, the primary allure of morganite is its pink hue. “If you’re attracted to color gemstones, it comes as a refreshing alternative to a colorless diamond or a beautiful and affordable alternative to a pink diamond,” says Kanary. There are other pros to this precious gemstone. If you are looking for your engagement ring to really sparkle, morganite is great because of how the light radiates off it to create a glimmering effect. Also, if you are looking for a low-cost engagement ring, morganite is a budget-friendly option.
There are also some considerations to take into account if you are thinking about this unique stone for your forever ring. Morganite is between 7.5-8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, making it much softer than other gemstones. This means the edges of morganite are prone to chipping easily, so it's crucial to have a strong prong setting for the stone.
What to Look for in a Morganite Engagement Ring
- What setting works best for this type of stone? Because morganite is a soft stone, it’s essential that the setting keeps it secure, says Landau. Opting for a four- or six-prong setting is a safe bet for protecting your morganite stone. A bezel or halo setting will also provide the stone with more protection. Whichever setting you choose, remember to check your prongs every six to 12 months to ensure they don't become weak or damaged over time.
- Which of the 4Cs should you prioritize? Color is very important because the various hues can completely change the style and look of your ring. However, carat is equally as important. The color is often dependent on it. “Morganites typically have deeper color saturation in larger sizes, so you may want to increase your carat weight requirements to achieve the color you desire,” says Kanary.
- How can I tell if the stone is high quality? Morganite should be clean to the eye without any imperfections or marks. The best morganite is pink and eye-clean. Peachy and less saturated (with a hint of gray) morganites are cheaper. Flaws can lessen the quality of morganite and make it less desirable.
How to Care for Your Morganite Engagement Ring
You should clean your morganite ring on a fairly regular basis, but you’ll want to be gentle with it.
“The simplest way to clean it at home is to fill a bowl with warm water and a squeeze of dish soap. Then soak your jewelry in there and scrub with a clean toothbrush to get into all the nooks and crannies,” says Landau. “Then rinse in a bowl of warm water (without soap), and set to dry on a clean paper towel.”
Kanary recommends cleaning it about once every six months or so. She adds that you should also check the prongs to make sure it’s securely set whenever you clean it.
Natalie Marie Rose Morganite Ring
Morganite is the perfect stone to go in this fresh, trendy style. This ring features a pear-cut light pink morganite stone that sits underneath a half-crown of white diamonds.
Price at time of publish: $1302
Helzberg Diamonds Shades of Love Morganite and Diamond Ring
A morganite stone perfectly takes the place of a diamond in this otherwise traditional-looking ring. A baguette diamond flanks each side of the center stone, which sits on an intricate band.
Price at time of publish: $1499
Brilliant Earth Morganite Reverie Solitaire Ring
A clean band is a perfect complement to a blush-colored morganite stone. This ring is simple yet elegant.
Price at time of publish: $1580
Blue Nile Morganite Ring With Baguette Diamond Halo in 14k Rose Gold
Go completely nontraditional with this starburst ring. The center morganite stone is surrounded by round, and baguette diamonds and the feminine look is completed by the rose gold band.
Price at time of publish: $2425
DeBebians Emerald-Cut Morganite and Baguette Three-Stone Engagement Ring
While many morganite rings feature a round or cushion cut, the emerald cut is a gorgeous choice. Flanked by two baguette diamonds, this option is classic and elegant.
Price at time of publish: $1549
Natalie Marie Stevie Ring Morganite and Diamonds
This ring has a decidedly feminine twist with stones set in a shape that resembles a flower. An oval-cut morganite stone sits between two pear-cut diamonds for a more unique style.
Price at time of publish: $4074
Natalie Marie Mandala Solitaire
A light peach solitaire morganite stone almost has an orange tint to it with a yellow gold band. The simplicity of this ring is what makes it so beautiful.
Price at time of publish: $1692
Blue Nile Morganite and Diamond Milgrain Halo Ring
This round morganite center stone sits in a halo of alternating morganite and diamond stones. It has a slightly vintage edge to it with its pretty embellishments.
Price at time of publish: $1100
DeBebians Rose Gold Split Shank Emerald Morganite Halo Engagement Ring
An emerald-cut morganite stone looks sleek and classic in a pave diamond halo. The split shank band gives it a little bit more of an edge.
Price at time of publish: $2090
Meadowlark Hex Engagement Ring
This ring features another unique shape: a round morganite stone is set in a more modern halo. The set includes an eternity band that makes for the perfect match.
Price at time of publish: $5149
Brilliant Earth Morganite Hudson Engraved Ring
This rounded morganite stone is set in an intricately handcrafted band with milgrain detailing. Its heirloom aesthetic makes for a timeless piece.
Price at time of publish: $2180
Meet the Expert
- Kim Kanary is a certified diamontologist and vice president of community development and engagement at JTV.
- Olivia Landau is a diamond expert, GIA graduate gemologist, fourth-generation jeweler, and founder of The Clear Cut.