Morganite is known primarily as a pastel-coloured gem in light, soft shades of pink, purplish pink, and orangey pink. Although light tones are normal for morganite, some stones display strong colour.
Colour Morganite’s colour range includes pink, rose, peach and salmon. In today’s market, the pink and rose tints are more fashionable. The peach and salmon hues seem less popular, but some collectors value untreated peach-coloured material more highly than heat-treated pink stones.
The gem is almost always heat-treated to improve the pink colour. The treatment is not detectable. Heat drives off the yellow or orange tinge, leaving a purer and more attractive pink. The resulting colour is stable and won’t fade.
This skilfully fashioned morganite has the salmon-to-peach colour typical of untreated material. - John Dyer, gem courtesy of John Dyer & Co.
At 68.38 cts., this morganite is large enough to display an attractive pinkish purple colour. - Robert Weldon
Like aquamarine and green beryl, morganite’s colour is often light in tone. - Eric Welch
Light-toned and peach-coloured would be an easy way to describe this pastel orange-pink morganite. - Robert Weldon
Clarity Like aquamarine, another beryl variety, faceted morganite usually does not have inclusions that are visible to the eye. Less-transparent material is often carved or cut as cabochons.
Most faceted morganites do not have inclusions that are visible to the eye. - Robert Weldon
Cut Because morganite has distinct pleochroism - pale pink and a deeper bluish pink - it’s necessary to orientate the rough carefully for fashioning. Strong hues in morganite are rare, and gems usually have to be fairly large to achieve the finest colour. Morganite is cut in all standard shapes and sizes as well as in unique designer cuts.
Morganite is cut in standard as well as custom shapes and cutting styles, and comes in all sizes. - Robert Weldon
As with most gems, matched pairs of fashioned morganite command a substantial premium. - Robert Weldon, courtesy Omi Gems.
This 50.92-ct. designer-cut morganite’s facets and proportions are designed to bring the greatest possible life out of the stone. – Lydia Dyer, gem courtesy of John Dyer & Co.
Carat Weight Morganite crystals can be very large, so large faceted stones are more common than with many other gemstones. Larger sizes are also more likely to show strong colour.
Morganite crystals are sometimes very large. - Brendan Laurs
Faceted morganites can be found in large sizes, even exceeding 100 cts. - Robert Weldon