If you’ve been gazing at engagement rings as much as we have on Pinterest, you’ve probably come across morganite. While this stone certainly looks pretty and makes for a seriously impressive engagement ring centrepiece, you may have found yourself wondering what it is exactly.
To demystify the newest stone on the engagement ring block and to help you decide if morganite is the gem for you, we’ve put together this guide detailing where it comes from, the shades it can be found in and how much morganite you’re likely to get for your money. Hint: it’s probably a lot more than you think!
Plus, we've rounded up our top 10 favourite morganite engagement rings available in the shops right now.
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What is Morganite Made From?
Morganite is made from a pink to orange-pink mineral called beryl. Emeralds and aquamarines are also formed from beryl of different shades.
Where is Morganite Found?
It was discovered in Madagascar in 1910 by the chief gemologist at Tiffany & Co. and the personal gemologist of banker, J.P. Morgan. The stone was named after Morgan, a keen gem collector, and fast became a popular stone.
These days the majority of the morganite market comes from Brazil, Afghanistan, Mozambique and Namibia, according to the Gemological Institute of America.
What Colours Does Morganite Come In?
Morganite comes in a range of pink and coral tones, with many gems available in pale shades and higher value stones boasting a stronger pink shade. Although stronger shades are considered top quality, it’s totally up to you which shade you prefer and, if you’re happy with a pastel colour, you may just get yourself a bargain.
How Big is Morganite?
Morganite crystals weighing as much as 10kg have been found in Brazil – so you’ll definitely be able to find a gem big enough!
How Much Does Morganite Cost?
As morganite frequently occurs in larger crystals, you won’t pay an awful lot more for small increases in size as you would with a diamond. In fact, when it comes to morganite, colour is much more important and a small, dark coloured stone could work out more expensive than a larger, paler gem.
Still, morganite is definitely the more purse-friendly choice. A perfect comparison is this 0.70 carat high-quality morganite solitaire set in 9 carat yellow gold from Angara vs this mid-quality diamond solitaire of a similar carat weight set in 9 carat yellow gold, also from Angara. The morganite ring comes in at £863 and the diamond version would set you back just shy of £1,000 more, at £1,862.
Is Morganite Suitable for Everyday Wear?
Yes! Morganites are hardy and durable stones, making them a perfect diamond alternative for engagement rings.
Where Can I Buy a Morganite Ring?
Morganite beauties can be found everywhere from high street jewellers such as Ernest Jones to Not on the High Street, Gemporia and Etsy. You can also buy loose morganite stones from retailers such as Brilliant Earth and have your own design crafted.
The Best Morganite Engagement Rings to Buy Now
1. Heart Morganite Ring – £541, Jewel Street
Calling all true romantics! This pink morganite heart ring is for you. Set in 14ct rose gold with pave diamonds, this ring from Jewel Street is seriously dreamy.
2. Pear Cut Morganite Diamond Halo Engagement Ring – £400.50, Custom Fine Rings
We love how this pear-shaped morganite stone is suspended in the centre of a diamond halo in this design by Custom Fine Rings. The soft pink of the stone is brought out even more by the gorgeous 14ct rose gold.
3. 9ct Rose Gold Morganite Engagement Ring – From £490, Diorah Jewellery
If you're after a delicate design for your engagement ring, might we suggest this gorgeous oval sparkler from Diorah Jewellery? With six brilliant cut diamonds framing the central morganite stone, there'll be plenty of subtle sparkle.
4. Alena 9ct Rose Gold Pink Morganite Boho Ring – £135, Amelia May
If you're a lover of the quirky and tend to eschew tradition then this boho ring from Amelia May might just be the ring for you. Set in rose gold with four prongs, this simple design ensures all the attention is on that stunning pink stone.
5. Morganite Tearoom Ring Oval Cut Stone – £2,500, Astley Clarke
We love the peachy pink tone of this stunning oval ring from Astley Clarke. Surrounded by diamonds and with diamonds on the band, this ring has a beautiful colour contrast that will be seriously eye-catching.
6. 9ct Rose Gold Morganite and Diamond Pave Rectangle Ring – £489.95, Joshua James
If you've been eyeing up elongated designs, might we suggest this morganite beauty from Joshua James? The cushion cut centre stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds in a rectangular halo that will give the illusion of longer and slimmer fingers - yes please!
7. Jennifer Morganite Diamond Halo Engagement Ring – £1,500, Jessica Flinn
Inspired by Art Deco and heirloom pieces, the Jennifer ring is a great choice for lovers of all things vintage. With a 1.25ct morganite stone at its centre, this ring offers plenty of bling for your buck too.
8. Rose Gold Diamond Cut Morganite Topaz and Diamond Ring – £905, Liberty
Modern brides will adore this contemporary morganite design from Suzanne Kalan at Liberty. We love the unusual cut of the centre stone as well as the angle and addition of accent diamonds on the band.
9. 14ct Gold Pink Morganite and Diamond Engagement Ring – £417, Jewel Street
This unique design from Jewel Street is made for the bride who loves to stand out. With a high quality pink oval morganite stone at its centre and an unusual band set with eight colourless diamonds, you're unlikely to see another bride rocking the same look any time soon!
10. Princess Cut Morganite Ring – £483, Jewel Street
The princess cut is one of the most popular engagement ring cuts around and looking at this morganite beauty from Jewel Street, it's no wonder. Set in 14ct white gold with a diamond pave band, this piece is the ideal choice for a classic bride.
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