Why is my Brilliant Earth morganite so ugly and cloudy now?

posted 3 months ago in Rings
Post # 31
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210 posts
Helper bee

Marie2 :  It has to do with the hardness of the stone. Morganite is softer on the MOHS scale (the stones hardness). It will show wear and tear much easier than other stones. It will not last a lifetime of daily wear without losing its clarity and what you loved when you first got it

 

Diamond (hardest) = 10

Moissanite = 9.25

Sapphire = 9

Ruby = 9

Morganite = 7.5

Emerald = 7.5

Quartz = 7

Post # 32
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2660 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

It just comes with owning a soft stone. Morganite is in the same family as aquamarine and emerald. I owned an aquamarine ring for a few years, only wore it a couple of times and it got super scratched and cloudy. It’s such a shame because these stones are beautiful. They are just not suitable for daily wear in a ring no matter how careful you are. I recommend a lab Chatham peach sapphire as PP have stated. It will give you the same color and much more durability then your current morganite

Post # 33
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186 posts
Blushing bee

Morganite is a soft stone (a member of the beryl family) and this is a common issue. It seems that quite a few members of this board have eventually upgraded to peachy-pink or padparadscha sapphires.

Post # 34
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1352 posts
Bumble bee

Marie2 :  Geez. I have a morganite set since 2016 and it still looks the same. It isn’t my e-ring set so it is not worn all the time but it has never changed color. I can tell when it needs to be cleaned but it has not become dull.  It almost makes me think their cleaner has something slightly abrasive in it. This shouldn’t happen on a ring that is 6 month’s old.  I would change it out for a lab peach sapphire. I have seen some pretty ones done by Precision Gems or Stag & Finch. They don’t cost that much and you will never have to worry about something happening to them. 

Post # 35
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170 posts
Blushing bee

My original e-ring is morganite. I had the same issue, the only thing that helped my stone sparkle a bit was apple cider vinegar. I soak it in hot water with a little acv and scrub it with a toothbrush. Leave it for 30 minutes see if it helps. 

Post # 39
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210 posts
Helper bee

Marie2 :  Cubic zirconia is ~8.5 on the Mohs scale, so still beneath sapphire, moissanite, and diamond, but definitely harder than emerald and morganite.

I know QVC does a cubic zirconia range of rings called Diamonique for those looking for a VERY affordable option for their wedding sets.

 

But, if you love peachy tones (you had a rose gold watch and band in one or your early photos, it looks really good with your skin tone!) I would encourage you to get a lab-created peach sapphire.

Post # 40
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321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My original ring in my profile pic is morganite.  The one thing that made it sparkle was putting it through my ultrasonic jewelry cleaner with warm water and dawn dish soap.  It really kept it clean and sparkly.

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Marie2 :  just to let you know the Mohs scale is not linear either.  Thus a diamond is several *times* harder than a sapphire. Even though their Mohs score appears close in scale….

If you’re ok with a diamond simulant,  you should check out Moissanite. You can get one very cheaply on Ebay or from a Chinese vendor. 

Ps check out Lightboxjewelry.com . They are part of Debeers. They have pink/blue/white lab made genuine diamonds for $900 a carat. For example: 1 carat cushion diamond in Pink | Lab Grown Diamonds – Lightbox Jewelry

Cushion Stud in Pink

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Marie2 :  yes lab of course it’s a lab!  Otherwise how would it be $900 for a 1 carat pink diamond?! It would be $100,000 if it were mined! You’re welcome….

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