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Diamond vs. Morganite Engagement Rings — Which is Best for You?
Diamonds are classic and timeless and the stone of choice for many engagement rings. But although diamonds have a reputation as a girl’s best friend, they are not the only choice out there.
Morganite engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular – and with good reason. We’ve taken a look at the pros and cons of both diamond and morganite engagement rings to help you make an informed choice for your forever ring.
Advantages of Diamond Rings
Diamonds are such a popular choice for engagement rings for a variety of reasons. They are the hardest gemstone, so they’re durable and will last a lifetime without dulling or becoming scratched. They can also be cut so expertly that their sparkle is incomparable, creating that “fire” that is so sought after in diamond engagement rings.
Diamonds are graded for cut and color, which gives buyers a good grasp of the quality of a stone without having to assess it in detail for themselves. This is an advantage in understanding the value of the stone, but as most buyers will spend a great deal of time performing a visual assessment, not always necessary.
Diamonds are also graded for clarity by third parties like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Morganite is usually classified as “eye clear,” meaning it’s clear enough to see through, but there is no official grading for the clarity of this stone.
Advantages of Morganite Rings
Morganite is a beautiful peach or pink-orange version of the mineral beryl, a gemstone group that also includes aquamarine and emeralds. It’s not quite as hard as diamonds, but it is very durable, with a Mohs scale hardness of 7.5 to 8.
The primary advantage of morganite engagement rings is that they cost much less than a comparable diamond ring. A morganite ring could cost you 80% less than a diamond of comparable size and cut. Despite the lower price tag, morganite is associated with wealth and power thanks to being named after J.P. Morgan, the famous financier.
Morganite crystals can come in all sizes, but for brides-to-be that want a larger rock to display, morganite is certainly an attractive and cost-effective option.
Morganite has a sparkle similar to many diamonds, although the “fire” of the more expensively cut diamonds is hard to replicate. The sparkle combined with the appealing pink blush makes morganite engagement rings a romantic choice that’s something out of the ordinary.
Making Your Choice between Diamond and Morganite
Both diamonds and morganite engagement rings have their appeal. If you’re shopping for an engagement ring on a limited budget, morganite can be a good alternative; however, at the end of the day, diamonds have more value and are longer lasting.
A diamond will never lose its sparkle or its value, and there’s no better romantic symbol of a lifelong commitment and love.Your engagement ring is a deeply personal choice and something you can wear for the rest of your life. If you would like more guidance on choosing the perfect engagement ring, simply get in touch with David’s House of Diamonds and we’ll gladly guide you through our range of gorgeous engagement rings.