Morganite, a pale pink gemstone of the Beryl variety, has exploded in popularity in the last few years, and for good reason! It comes in a variety of hues, from salmon to peach to light pink, and a natural morganite is typically heat-treated to obtain a richer pink color. Morganite is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness, which is a scale determining the ability of a mineral to scratch another mineral. The hardest is a diamond, at 10 on the scale. However, it is not a linear scale. For example, Corundum (a "9" on the scale) is about twice as hard as topaz (an "8" on the scale), and a diamond ("10" on the scale) is about four times as hard as Corundum! So while Morganite is still pretty high up on the scale, it is not comparable to a diamond's hardness, and should still take care when wearing your stone.
While there are lab-grown Morganite stones, most commonly grown by Chatham, they've recently stopped production to introduce a similar color, Champagne Sapphire, which rivals the pink color of Morganite, but ranks a "9" on the hardness scale.
We recently did a color comparison between a mined Morganite (top left), a lab-grown Champagne Sapphire (bottom left), and two cubic zirconia's. We absolutely adore the color and brilliance of the champagne sapphire. All Chatham created gemstones are chemically, physically, and optically identical to their mined counterparts, and they also do not color-treat or enhance their gemstones.
Sapphires, while lab-grown or mined, are popular for an alternative to a diamond as a center stone, as they are typically a less costly option, and perfect for those looking for a bit of color. Sapphires comes in many colors, like deep blue, bright pink, yellow, and more recently, this Champagne color.
The benefits of utilizing a Chatham Created gemstone include a Lifetime Warranty, which covers any chipping or cracking due to unusual circumstances. Also, Chatham stones have been shown to be up to a $100,000 price difference per carat compared to their mined counterpart! This is an incredible cost savings, considering they are physically & chemically identical. Also, Chatham gemstones are grown under perfect conditions, creating amazing clarity and deep, rich hues that would cost a fortune if mined below the earth.
Please enjoy this short snippet of one of our custom three-stone engagement rings, set with a lab-grown emerald cut Champagne Sapphire in the center.
What do you think about the champagne sapphire?
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