June 24, 2021
In order for you to choose your own excellent morganite, we have compiled a buyer’s guide, simply answering difficult questions that inevitably appear as soon as you decide to buy. In this article we consider colors of natural morganite, forms of cut, why similar specimens have different cost, which sample will be more expensive, and which one will be cheaper. We will show the average market value of morganite, depending on different factors. We will also consider such discussion points as how to distinguish a real morganite from possible imitations.
Morganite is a transparent gemstone, one of mineral beryl varieties. It is characterized by light pastel-pink color range, including pink, orangish-pink, brownish-pink and peach. Color is stable under the sunlight and is linked with the presence of Mn, Cz and Li element in the structure.
Palette of morganite can be divided on warm and cool shades. Warm color range contains light orange component: orangish-pink, peach, cream up to strong brownish-pink. If you have any doubt what color to choose, pay attention on your appearance features. Such warm color morganite are suit fro yellow gold and people with are well combined with yellow gold of high quality, they look elegant and are suitable for people with tan, olive skin, brown and greenish eyes. It is necessary to mention the golden-brown beryl coming from new deposits in Madagascar. Many sellers consider that these stones don’t have pink hue, typical for morganite. We refer these stones to beryl.
The cool palette of morganite implies the absence of an orange hue. These are pure pink colors, from very light pink, almost colorless, to rich, bright neon pink. The latter is extremely rare, and does not reach large sizes. Bright pink morganite can be compared in color with pink sapphires. Light and very light pink beryls without peach in color are more common than saturated. Morganites of cool shades are indeed represented on the market in a much smaller amount than warm peach, but they are also valued higher. They are suitable for people with North European type of appearance: light skin and hair, blue or gray eyes. They are put mainly in white gold and surrounded by white diamonds.
Saturation of morganite effects its price per carat. In this pricing is similar to aquamarine. We distinguish three categories of saturation of morganite color: light and very light, medium and strong. Morganites with strong saturation are valued more than light samples, which are the majority on the market. Note, that peach, orange and brownish tones reduce the price.
ДKeep in mind, there is a relationship between saturation and size of the cut morganite. So, small samples, up to 2 carats, look almost colorless, saturation increases with increasing of weight. For stones of medium and strong saturation this rule is less obvious.
Morganites are usually treated with two methods: heat treatment and irradiation. These methods are absolutely safe for human health. They are applied to eliminate brownish and orange tint, for changing color from a warm color to a more valuable cool, and improving color characteristics. The fact of enhancement is not affected cost of morganite. Treated morganite costs equal a sample with natural color.
On the one hand it linked with the fact that there is no common universally accepted technology with a predictable result, which is explained by the different content of impurities in the samples. On the other hand today there are no obvious evidences of treatment, which makes diagnostics of a fact of heat treatment or irradiation difficult to achieve.
Gem-quality morganites usually have high clarity. The reason is that pink beryl crystals often come in large sizes. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) classifies morganites as type I according to the grading system for evaluating clarity of colored stones – usually eye clean.
Thus, clarity of a stone directly affects a cost. Selecting stones for a catalog, we first of all look at clarity, and if there are visible and noticeable defects in samples, we refuse them. The best grading is “eye clean”, “loupe clean”. This gradation corresponds to the VVS-VS grade of the GIA scale.
The only exceptions are bright pink and neon pink morganites. Cracks and inclusions for such stones are considered as norm, due to the fact that morganite crystals of this color as rule contain inclusions. Therefore, for top colors, a small number of defects is permissible.
Weight of a faceted morganite is usually limited by size of raw material and common sense, as crystals could reach large sizes.
Morganites are hardly ever cut as melee stones, as this is impractical. In a small size, such stones won’t reveal their color and play brightly, because of the low dispersion, losing in this to pink sapphires and garnets.
Stones weighing 2-3 carats in silver jewelry are loved by fans of birthday stones, the trend, based on a selection of a gem depending on a month of birth. Such morganites are usually light and don’t display a pronounced color.
Color appears from a weight of 4 carats and above. Samples of 7-15 carats are considered especially good for jewelry. Rare pink beryl is a real joy for lovers of large gems in earrings and rings. Large morganites are relatively affordable. Due to the low density value of beryls, morganites weigh significantly less than, for example, sapphires of a same size, and for earrings this fact has sometimes primary importance when jewelers struggle for every gram of jewelry to create comfortable to wear earrings.
That is why even 20-ct morganite won’t look very large in a pendant. Of course, if it suits your taste.
Price of a carat of morganite depends on a mass of a particular specimen. For instance, price per carat of peach beryl of medium saturation for a 2-carat and 10-carat specimen will differ nearly in 2 times.
Historically, forms of pears (drops) and ovals are the most common for faceted morganites. Morganites are perfectly collected in pairs and sets of large, over 10 carats, stones, which allows you to create unique sets of jewelry. Not every gem can allow jewelers not to limit imagination with the size of a stone. If the budget allows, almost any girl can choose morganite for a full set of ring / pendant / earrings that will suit her color type, based on her appearance. We consider morganites in the artworks of famous jewelry brands in this article (link).
Cushion, both square and rectangular, is the less common shape of cutting. It is visually more stable, since it is based on a quadrangle, that is especially good suit for a man.
Much less often morganites are faceted in step forms (octagon, baguette, asscher), radiant, heart, and briolets. There is practically no round cut, except for small, up to 5 carats, stones. Fancy cut for morganite is a rarity.
Choosing a stone, pay attention to the visual perception of a faceted stone, its play of light on facets, luster, that better unfolds in dynamics. Put the selected item on your hand, see how the color of the stone is combined with the color of your skin, if you choose for yourself. Gently move your hand, as in our videos, under diffuse daylight (not solar) and artificial lighting, you can see how the stone will look in jewelry. Try to choose a daytime to look on the stone when you can bring morganite to the window. At the same time, make sure that there are no bright or dark objects (including floors, walls) near you that can be reflected in the stone and distort the perception of color and cut.
Pay attention to whether there is a large “window” in the stone that can worsen play of light on facets. In pairs (matched stones) different sizes of stone tables are acceptable, and a slight difference in color, after all, morganite is a rare gem, but such differences should be really insignificant.
If a stone looks fade, does not play, this can indicate low quality of polishing, in which part of the light is scattered upon “entry” into a stone and less reflected from facets of a pavilion.
Finally, we come to the question, how much does morganite stone cost? Obviously, there is no single answer to this question. The market price of gemstones is determined by many factors, including economic situation in the world, discovery of new deposits, fashionable jewelry trends, the behavior of leading market players and precedents for sales at large auctions.
Lets consider cost and gemstone characteristics ratio. Color, carat weight, clarity and quality of cutting influence on price of morganite.
Evaluation system is not simple, it bases on rarity and attractiveness. For illustration of this principle lets consider an example: a stone with eye clean (may be very very small inclusions) clarity grading, good quality asian cutting, and compare two colors, peach and medium saturated pink colors in different weights: 5,10,15 ct. Average prices per carat will be the following:
It means, that pure pink color morganite weighed 5 ct is equal in price for a peach sample 12 ct, and will be nearly $ 1000 per a stone.
As you can see, difference in price between colors of morganite is significant. Light morganites are cheaper, saturated are more expensive. If cutting has obvious asymmetries, for instance, «window» more than 30% of «face» square is observed from a table, it costs 10-15% cheaper. In contrast, a sample with perfect, high-quality cutting, will increase in price by 20-30% in comparison with a good asian quality stone.
Exceptional large top color morganites are evaluated individually.
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