Why do we love Morganite?
Morganite is the pink to peach variety of beryl, and few other stones exhibit this select color range. Collectors and dealers highly value Morganite for its rarity and unique color.
In the last few years, we have seen Morganite rising in popularity for items like engagement rings and other romantic gifts. Rose gold is preferred for Morganite due to its complementary nature. Pink stones in reddish-gold settings pop with color and are a feast for the eyes. Morganite solitaire rings are especially hot right now and have been trending for Valentine’s Day in recent seasons.
It’s a color we associate with feminine energy, just like rose quartz. Gem therapists suggest that this jewel can strengthen love and the bonds of marriage. Traditionally, beryl is thought to be a stone of protection, especially useful for travels. Morganite is perfect for signifying enduring romance over vast distances when our loved ones travel.
What makes Morganite rare?
Two factors make it rare: sporadic mining and complicated production.
Why is mining sporadic?
Shop LC supply comes from the Marropino mine of Mozambique. This part of the world produces some of the highest quality material available. Mining Morganite is done alongside tantalum, a rare and valuable metal used in many commercial applications. Both metal and stone occur inside pegmatite rocks.
Miners frequently are seasonal workers, supplementing their income from either farming or practicing a trade. Workers want temporary jobs that will pay better, which directly affects mining yields.
What makes production challenging?
Many factors make morganite production difficult. Stones are pleochroic and have low color saturation, so cutters must align the stone correctly for the best color. This is vital, as the poor color in Morganite gems means that small sizes are not possible. There simply will be no color. As a result, this means stones under four millimeters are rare and typically not very valuable.
Yield for stone is around one percent. This represents many hours of labor, letting wisdom and experience lead when hand-selecting gem material. Finally, quality control processes reject stones at every step of production, which quickly whittles down supply.
No more Morganite?
Tantalum mining is on the rise, which directly affects the extraction of Morganite. Higher demand for tantalum means less Morganite will be mined. Ten years ago, Marropino was the second-largest producer of tantalum. The mines were shut down during the 2009 season for maintenance. When reopening in 2010, mine operators decided against further Morganite mining. No more high-quality stone is actively coming from this location.
Whenever possible, Shop LC makes bulk stone purchases to get the best price and ensure as much future supply as possible. But, a hungry market can make competition fierce when buying. As a result, it takes months of planning to create just a single event for television!
Avoid future disappointment and browse the full range of Morganite jewelry at Shop LC.
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Be sure to watch on August 10 for 24 hours of Morganite during our Morganite Smackdown! Check your local listings for details.