Shopping for engagement rings and thinking diamonds might not be for you? Totally okay! While traditionalists might stick to a diamond, there’s no rule book saying you have to follow suit. If you’re craving something more unique, consider a morganite engagement ring — the pale peach pink stone that’s making ring-buyers go gaga.

Don’t believe me? Here’s why you should be loving morganite engagement rings right now.

Morganite is a pink gemstone that’s a close cousin to emerald and aquamarine—in fact, it’s a mineral that includes both. This rare stone (named after financier J.P. Morgan) ranges in colors of pink — from pale blush to rose, to peach, to salmon. The most common — and popular — stones are often on the lighter shade of the family, but deeper shades may be more valuable. Morganite is often heat-treated to improve the color, which gets rid of the yellow or orange tint these stones sometimes carry. That leaves you with a pretty pink — and a stable color that won’t fade.

Not only is morganite a beaut, gemstone lore considers it of Divine Love. Mythology says the stone brings compassion, assurance, healing, and promise — all things that make up a happy marriage!

How does morganite compare to diamonds?

Morganite makes for a great alternative to diamonds when it comes to engagement rings, not only for its pretty-in-pink beauty but because of its durability. On the Mohs 10-point Hardness Scale (a test used to see a stone’s resistance to being scratched), it ranks as a 7.5 to 8. A diamond, by comparison, is a 10. That means, treated with care, a morganite engagement ring can last you a lifetime. Like diamonds, morganite also has a high degree of brilliance, so you’re not going to miss out on that sparkle.

The pink gemstone is also an affordable (but no less attractive) option. On average, a high-quality morganite—rich in color—can be found for about 250€ a carat with a custom cut. Paler versions can go for less. By comparison, on average, a diamond can cost upwards of 3000€ per carat. Pink diamonds (a similar look to morganite) can cost even more.

 

Morganite for an engagement ring?

For the non-traditional bride, this is a stone that won’t go out of style but still has a lot of personality. Unconventional, its delicate color still makes morganite a timeless classic. And since morganite is so rare, you’re likely to be the only one of your friends rocking a morganite engagement ring.

Morganite’s strong durability makes it ever-lasting, something you should be looking for in a ring that comes with a lifetime promise. And its beautiful color pairs with any setting — whether you prefer a rose gold, gold, or platinum band.

Article content mostly from WeddingWire.