Someone said that morganite isn’t appropriate to wear daily as the stone is too soft. Morganite has a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Moh’s scale. It’s the same as emeralds, so it’s not like it’s a really delicate stone that needs to be babied (something like pearl or opal would be more fragile). Sapphire is harder at 9, Moissanite 9-9.5, and diamond 10.
katielocke6 : Have you thought about getting more of a peachy tone morganite? I think it would look gorgeous in yellow gold! If all you wear is yellow gold, I wouldn’t do a two tone ring with a white gold halo. I think it would be too much with white metal, yellow metal and a pink stone. I would either do yellow or rose gold, but I’m sure yellow would look wonderful if you get the right shade of morganite 🙂
katielocke6 : although this is rose gold I think the video uploader said, but I advise you to look at this link, so pretty. My mouth is drooling! But I think its peach gold because it looks more yellow than rose.
mishybear : Just wanted to add to this conversation, since I raised the issue of durability. Forgive me if this is totally boring or you know this already…
The Mohs harness scale is a deceptive tool. Harndess in this context means scratch resistence. Very differnt thatn the common use of the word hardness (feather=soft, rock=hard). Also, the scale begins at the low end linearly, but it is almost logarithmic at teh high end. For example, a steel hammer is a Mohs 6, but will easily shatter every mineral on the list. But, it would be scratched by Quartz and could scrath Apatite.
The real hardness between minerals is easier to to see if you look at the Vickers (denting depth) or Rosiwal (expenditure during cutting) since those are linear scales. You can see that diamond is 140,000 vs. beryl (aqua & morganite) are 155. That is why most jewellery will recommend sticking with diamond, ruby and sapphire for a daily ring.
Morganite (7.5) is fine if you will baby it, keep it away from cleaning chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners, tanning beds, and scratchy surfaces. Morganite are routinely irradiated, which can fade in sunlight. Spinel comes in bit above morganite and below a sapphire AND are not irradiated. Care is still necessary, but they are a bit better for durability.Spinel is also more refactive than a morganite (or sapphire/ruby). Nevertheless, I still warn people of scratching risk on sapphire/ruby. When will a morganite scratch beyond repair or fade is unknown. Some people where them for decades without problems, others may see scratches within a week and fading within years if they are outdoors a lot. Many people simply love the color and are willing to take the risk and replace the stone in the future (my mom has had her blue topaz replaced twice and re-polished twice in 30 years of wearing).
glitterysala : This is really intersting! You make great points. But that’s also why you buy a high quality stone 😀 I’m glad I learned about the irratication problem so I could get a loose stone with no heat treatment. It’s also fairly inexpensive, so if it needs to be replaced it’s no big deal.
Ukulele4You : I WISH that parabia was mine. No, I think it is a PS members.
No worries. I love this stuff..so can blather on and on…
On fading, here’s was GIA has to say, “in the beryl and spodumene gemstones, the irradiated color tends to be short lived and fades upon exposure to bright light. Otherwise, there are no special care requirements for most irradiated gem materials.” It is increadibly difficult to impossible to detect irradiation of gems, unless the result causes a predictable color (like irradiated blue and pink diamonds). So, you have to rely on the supplier (who has to rely on the wholesaler, who has to rely on the trader, etc.). Only diamonds (and maybe sapphire and ruby) likely have enough value to be sent to a lab for confirmation of being irradiated or not.
Beryls include emerald, aquamarine, morganite, red beryl, heliodor, maxixe, goshenite, and green beryl.
‘Spodumene’ is often traded under the names kunzite and hiddenite.