Rose gold is here to stay, and now there’s a gemstone to match…
What’s the perfect partner to the warm copper tones of rose gold? The rare dusty rose coloured beryl that is also known as morganite. This enchanting gemstone mirrors the pinkish, orange-ish tone of rose gold perfectly, and with the new metal on the block only increasing in popularity each season, it makes sense that there’s a stone to match for those who want top to toe rosy-ness.
Morganite is a very rare form of beryl famous for its colour. It was first discovered on the island of Madagascar in 1910, and small deposits have also been found in California and some other parts of the United States. It was named after the financier J.P. Morgan, an avid gem collector. To date the largest beryl ever discovered was unearthed in 1989 in Bennett Quarry, Maine. It weighed over 50 pounds and measured 9 x 12 inches. Other gems in the beryl family (i.e. with a similar chemical composition to morganite) include emerald and aquamarine.
Measuring 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, morganite is a fairly durable gem that can withstand daily wear, as long as you don’t plan on being constantly hands-on while wearing your morganite engagement ring. There are plenty of engagement rings with morganite out there already, but we guarantee you’ll be seeing many more very soon. Here’s a few of our favourite specimens for some design inspiration…
The oval shape, the intricate beading, the diamond accents and the unusual band design… this one gets 10/10 in our books. See what we mean about morganite and rose gold being perfectly matched?
The cushion cut is very on-trend, and we like the contemporary design of this piece too; a thin band with diamond pave and a simple prong setting. Look at the facets on that morganite stone, by the way – we could stare at it for hours!
There’s no law that says morganite has to be paired with rose gold. It can look just as stunning combined with white gold or platinum too. The silvery base accentuates the pink hue of the stone even more, and gives it an ultra feminine look.
Okay, that’s it – we’ve officially put morganite on our wish list.