The “Gemguide” gives a wholesale value to Morganite in fine quality from $85 to $450 per carat. Most of what we have sold is from $100 to $225 per carat with excellent quality.
The color is most important. Most Morganite on the market is quite pale from peach to pink. Deeper color increases the value of it quickly. The source where it comes from can be important as well. For example, Mozambique Morganite is irradiated to produce its color whereas Nigerian can be natural color or heated. Nigerian of equivalent color should be more expensive than Mozambique due to type of treatment. Although there are other sources of Morganite these two are the most important in 2019.
This gemstone is generally safe in ultrasonic cleaners or most cleaning solutions. As with most colored gems steam cleaning should be avoided, so make sure your jeweler knows this.
Keep it clean. Use a brush and detergent regularly. If in jewelry such as a ring or pendant, try to get to the back of the stone as Morganite quickly looses its brilliance when dirty due to its low refractive index. Ultrasonic cleaners that are efficient are available for under $100 for home use.
Morganite is gemologically very different than diamond. Although it is relatively hard it does not come close to diamonds hardness, 7.5 - 8 compared to 10 moh’s hardness. Big difference in refractive index which helps determine brilliance. When cut correctly Morganite does display very good brilliance but not quite like diamond.
If we look at comparable color in Diamond, the price of diamond is 1000s of times greater than Morganite. A one carat fine Morganite compared to a fine one carat white diamond is $300 for the Morganite versus $7000 for the Diamond.
Morganite ranges from peach to pink. Mozambique Morganite, because of the type of treatment is only peach colored. Other sources the color can be from peach to pink.
Although all gems appear somewhat different in different light types, Morganite is relatively the same color in all light sources.
Both colors can be beautiful and the value of each color can be comparable. I prefer the peach but when it come to light pink color it is hard to beat a nice Morganite for color purity.
Much of the material marketed today is from Mozambique and has been irradiated to produce its color. The color is stable. Other sources including Nigeria, Brazil, Madagascar can be of natural color or some may be heated producing pink from peach colors.
Some peach colors can change from peach to pink with daylight exposure.
Usually caused by oils and lotions coating the gem. Surface scratches can also cause cloudiness and will require re-polishing to restore brilliance. Otherwise cloudiness is not an issue.
If it is colorless it is known as goshenite.
Refractive index is the easiest test to see if your Morganite is real or fake. 1.577-1.583. Specific gravity for rough and crystals. 2.72
No, it is not currently a birthstone. The list is ever changing. For example, Tanzanite is now considered a December birthstone, which was originally only Blue Zircon.
Only in extreme high quality like that you might find from Madagascar. Better would be stones like Tanzanite.
All of the current supplies are conflict free.