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What is the difference between morganite and rose quartz?

Morganite stone is a rather rare variety of beryl. Due to its beautiful color, high transparency and ease of processing, the stone is used in jewelry. The mineral may contain long cavities running parallel to the edges, as well as various inclusions (gas-liquid, flat cirrus, etc.).


The first studies of morganite date back to 1908. Almost simultaneously, the stone was discovered in the Urals and in the USA. In Russia, the mineral was named Vorobievite in honor of the geologist Vorobiev who died on the expedition. And in America, the stone was named after the financier and entrepreneur John Morgan.

physical properties

  • Color: soft pink.
  • Hardness on the Mohs scale: 7,5–8 points.
  • Density: 2,6–2,9 g/cm3.

Manganese gives the pink color to crystals. The composition also includes cesium: if it is in excess, the stone acquires a crimson color. There are also peach-colored, reddish and light purple morganites. But pink stones are the most highly valued. Under the influence of X-rays, natural samples are painted bright red – this makes it possible to identify a fake.

The mineral is resistant to sunlight. Natural morganites are characterized by the optical phenomenon of pleochroism – a change in color in the light when viewed from different angles.

Deposits and production

Morganite is mined in South Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan), in small quantities in the USA and Madagascar, as well as in Brazil and Mozambique.

It is found in pegmatite veins, in the rock it is adjacent to quartz, feldspars, spodumene and micas.


Morganite is inlaid with various jewelry: earrings, rings, necklaces, etc. Basically, the stone is given a cabochon cut, which allows you to maximize its brilliance. Jewelers prefer to use raw materials weighing more than 5 carats, since the pink color is practically indistinguishable in small stones. The cost of especially rare specimens reaches $200 per carat.

Jewelry shopping

Morganite, the most beautiful of beryls, is of interest both to collectors and investors, as well as to connoisseurs of precious and jewelry stones. Gold, mostly white, is always chosen as a setting for this stone, and colorless diamonds are used as companions.

On the website and in the company stores of the Moscow Jewelry Factory, gold earrings, rings and necklaces with natural morganite of different shades and diamonds are presented. Jewelry is included in the Royal and Empire collections. In the catalog you can see photos and videos of jewelry before purchasing. Many products have discounts of up to 55%.

Orders placed in the online store are delivered free of charge to your home and to MUZ salons.

Morganite analogs

Other minerals that may be confused with morganite include common rose quartz, pink topaz, and rubellite (a type of tourmaline).

How to distinguish natural morganite from a fake

Counterfeiting morganite is a very rare occurrence due to the complexity of the process. It is a mistake to consider artificially grown crystals to be fake, since they have the same structure and properties as natural stones. However, morganite synthesized in laboratory conditions has lower refractive index and specific gravity constants compared to natural ones, and under a microscope the herringbone structure (chevron structure) characteristic of a hydrothermal sample is visible.

The belonging of a sample to zircons is indicated by such properties as high dispersion and often visually bifurcated ribs. Pink topaz, compared to morganite, is more saturated, sometimes turning purple or red. Rose quartz is slightly cloudy.

Glass can be used as a cheap imitation. It will heat up in your hand quite quickly, which cannot be said about natural stone. In addition, glass counterfeits are characterized by bright coloring unevenly distributed over the surface of the stone. The hardness of morganite is higher than that of glass, so the latter is easy to scratch.

Morganite in astrology and the magical properties of the stone

The mineral is endowed with a number of magical abilities. It is believed that it gives peace and tranquility, helps make dreams come true, and attracts inspiration. Like many pink stones, morganite is credited with the ability to bring success in love affairs by increasing the attractiveness of the owner of the stone to the opposite sex.

Morganite protects those born under the signs of the element of Water. Among the representatives of other elements for whom this stone is suitable in its properties, it is worth noting Gemini and Libra. It is these signs of the zodiac that Morganite inspires, stimulates active activity on their part, gives good luck in all endeavors and peace of mind. Representatives of other zodiac signs are not prohibited from wearing jewelry with this stone.
Morganite in jewelry

Morganite in jewelry Morganite stone is a rather rare variety of beryl. Due to its beautiful color, high transparency and ease of processing, the stone is used in jewelry. The mineral may contain long cavities emanating steam.

Morganite was found almost simultaneously in Russia, Madagascar and the USA. In 1909, Russian geologist V.I. Vernadsky named this mineral Vorobyovit in memory of the geologist and mineralogist Viktor Vorobyov, (1875-1906), who died on an expedition to the North Caucasus. This name of the mineral is used in Russian geology.

Second name – blinks – more often used in the West, pink beryl was received in 1910 on behalf of the American financial tycoon and philanthropist John Pierpont Morgan, who collected a large mineralogical collection, which can now be seen in the Museum of Natural History in New York. The first morganites appeared on the world market thanks to Tiffany & Co. — the jewelry house presented pink-violet samples of beryl found in Madagascar.

Place of Birth

Morganite deposits are known in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, as well as in Russia and other countries. Morganite is used in jewelry as a collection material.

Most often found on the jewelry market are morganites mined in Brazil. Large deposits are also located on the island of Madagascar, in the states of Utah and California (USA), in Afghanistan, Africa, China and other countries. In Russia, pink stones occur in pegmatites in the Urals, but there is almost no active mining in these areas.

Rarely, but still there are stones of gigantic sizes. For example, a 600-carat morganite mined in Russia is kept in the State Hermitage. The New York Museum of Natural History displays a female figurine quite large for morganite in size – 6 by 11 centimeters, entirely carved from pink beryl. A faceted specimen found in Madagascar is known – its weight is 1625 carats, it is kept in the Royal Ontario Museum, USA.

Morganite shades

Morganite belongs to the beryl group of minerals, which also includes emeralds and aquamarines. Morganites are distinguished from each other by their pastel shades, among which peach, salmon, pink, light purple and lilac stand out. This mineral does not have noticeable inclusions, but it requires high-quality cutting.

The most valuable are stones of rich pink shades (found most often in nature); they can cost more than diamonds. Unlike most other stones, morganites are practically not refined. And they are valued precisely for the naturalness of their delicate shade.

How to choose a shade of morganite?

Orange, peach Morganites are suitable for people with olive, dark skin, brown or green eyes.

Morganites of cool pink color are combined with a light color type: fair skin and hair, with gray or blue eyes.


Morganite lends itself well to cutting, although this stone is classified as hard. It has the ability to pleochroism, that is, it changes its color when the stone is rotated and under the influence of different lighting.

Esotericists believe пBerry blinks as a stone of happiness – it brings good luck to its owner and helps to find and keep love. This stone is best worn for serious events and important meetings – success will be guaranteed.

How to distinguish from other stones

The high demand for morganite makes unscrupulous manufacturers want to pass off other stones as pink gems. For example, quartz, pink sapphire, as well as zircon and cubic zirconia can be very similar to sparrowite. Pink tourmalines and topazes also have a visual similarity to morganite. And only professionals can distinguish morganite from spinel.

An experienced specialist will be able to quickly distinguish stones from each other. For example, rose quartz differs from morganite by being somewhat cloudy, topazes are brighter and more saturated, often with a red or purple tint, and zircon has bifurcated edges on its facets. However, for other stones, visual inspection alone may not be enough. Then more professional identification methods are used, which includes gemological examination in the laboratory. For example, morganite can be subjected to x-ray radiation: if the stone turns red, it is real. Morganite also reacts in a specific way to high temperatures, which make it transparent.

In order not to make a mistake when choosing jewelry with morganite, pay attention to the cost (too low a price should alert you) and the availability of certificates of authenticity. GIA is one of the most respected organizations in the field of professional evaluation and research of gemstones, so a certificate from this laboratory guarantees the authenticity of the stone.


Despite its high hardness, morganite requires special handling and careful wearing. It is necessary to protect the morganite from impacts, otherwise scratches or cracks may remain. Do not allow the stone to come into contact with cosmetics on the skin. Morganite does not tolerate sunlight, and gradually fades from ultraviolet radiation. It is better not to expose the stone to sudden temperature changes.

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