It has long since been a constant idea to associate optimism with rose-related anythings by frequented use of certain idioms in the American language. To demonstrate, two idioms that we might find familiar refer to living life through a pair of “rose-colored glasses” and “stopping to smell the roses.” The former of the two essentially means to perceive people, places, things and perhaps some situations as better than they are or with a more positive attitude. The latter urges us to create time for the present, to metaphorically take a pause from the busyness of life in order to appreciate and revel in what is good about it.
In July of 1994, music artist Seal released hit single, “Kiss from a Rose,” and in it he compares the meeting of his love interest to the miraculous unlikelihood of a single rose growing on an otherwise gray and dull tower (See our custom designed ring below with Morganite center, Photo Courtesy Laura Hernandez Photography).
What does this have to do with jewelry? When we think “rose” and all the lovely idioms that may follow, we think Morganite. Before it acquired the name in its rise to fame, Morganite was known as the “pink beryl,” next to other known beryls emerald and aquamarine.
According to the International Colored Gemstone Association, “Beryls are beryllium aluminum silicates rich in minerals. Pure beryl is colorless. However, on account of its structure, it is in a position to intercalate foreign elements such as iron, manganese, chrome or vanadium.” Morganite obtains its fine pink qualities from key ingredient manganese, setting it apart from other beryls. In 1911, inspired gemologist G.F. Kunz acknowledged its individuality and thus named it accordingly after banker and collector J.P. Morgan.
Morganite is abundant in its variety of subtle pink hues and these hues happen to compliment natural skin color of all types quite well. Perhaps you would prefer an undeniable pink or violet (heat-treated), or maybe you would like a hint of orange (untreated) for an encapsulated champagne look. For people of preference, Morganite aims to please. Currently, it is most prevalently seen as center stone on engagement rings mostly paired with metals gold and rose gold, but it is as versatile as gemstones come in terms of fashion. As for the way Morganite is cut, gem enthusiasts highly suggest selecting on the larger side, as its reveled-in rosy color is best displayed this way.
Moving forward, we can deduce from earlier mentioned sentiments behind rose-related anythings that Morganite might be the rose of its kind. Its soft warmth in color can comfort us in the thought that life can be enjoyed without too much effort, so long as we choose to live in pink (See our custom ring design below, Photo Courtesy Laura Hernandez Photography).